II., Pope. Victor b. 1018 d. July 28, 1057 Pope. His original name was Gebhard. He was known for being very inteligent. In 1042 he became Bishop of Eichstätt, a postition he held until his death. In 1050 he became the chancellor of Emperor Heinrich III. The tow men developed a close friendship. Both Emperor and Gebhard were reluctant to accept Gebhards nomination for papacy but in 1055 Heinrich changed his mind and convinced Gebhard to become pope. He was enthrone on April 13 1055. He held a council in Florence in which he condemned...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Cause of death: High fever Chiesa di Santa Maria Rotonda, Ravenna, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Alighieri, Dante b. May 22, 1265 d. September 14, 1321 Author. Born Durante Alighieri in Florence, Italy the son of Alighiero di Bellincione Alighieri, a notary, and his first wife. His studies included rhetoric, grammar, philosophy, literature , theology, philosophy, and theology. In 1293 he joined the guild of physicians and apothecaries in order to gain entry into the political life of the city. About that same year he published 'Vita Nuova' a combination of lyrical verse and poetic prose telling the story of his love for Beatrice. About 1295 he...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Dante Tomb, Ravenna, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Brunt, John Henry Cound b. December 6, 1922 d. December 10, 1944 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Priestweston, England, he served as a Captain in command of D Company, the Royal Lincolnshires, British Army. On December 9, 1944, Captain Brunt was in command of a platoon holding a vital sector of the line at Faenza, Italy. The German 90 Panzer Grenadier Division attacked Captain Brunt's position with the situation critical and his the anti-tank defenses being destroyed. Captain Brunt rallied his remaining men and moving to an alternative...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Faenza War Cemetery, Faenza, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: III. A. 8.
Cicognani, Cardinal. Gaetano b. November 26, 1881 d. February 5, 1962 Roman Catholic Cardinal. The second of seven children of whom four reached adulthood, Gaetano Cicognani was the child of a humble fish vendor and shopkeeper. Entering seminary in Faenza, following his ordination to the priesthood in 1904, he moved to Rome, pursuing his studies at the Pontifical Roman Athenaeum S. Apollinare and the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, earning doctorates in philosophy, theology, and canon and civil laws. Assigned to the tribunal of the Sacred Roman Rota in 1910...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Collegiata di San Michele Arcangelo, Brisighella, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Constantius III Roman Emperor. He was the power behind the throne for much of the reign of the Emperor Honorius and saved much of the Western Empire from falling to the barbarians. He first rose to power as "Master of Soldiers" under Honorius at a time when the Western Empire was under attack by Alaric and Athaulf. In addition, Constantine III and his son Constans Augusti in Gaul and Maximus in Spain had declared themselves as rival Emperors to Honorius. He marched into Gaul and drove out Gerontius, Maximus'...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: To the left of the sarcophagus of Galla Placidia.
Damiani, Saint. Peter b. 1007 d. February 21, 1072 Roman Catholic Cardinal and Saint. Ravenna born Peter Damiani came from a once noble family that eventually impoverished. Studying liberal arts and law in his native city and later in Faenza and Parma, he entered the Order of Saint Benedict through the Camaldolese Congregation in 1035 at their monastery of Fonte Avellana, Gubbio. Elected prior and abbot of the latter, Pope Stephen IX created him against his will cardinal bishop of Ostia in the consistory March 14, 1058, receiving his episcopal...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cattedrale di Faenza, Faenza, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Galeati, Cardinal. Sebastiano b. February 8, 1822 d. January 25, 1901 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Imola born Sebastiano Galeati was ordained priest in September 1844 and after furthering his studies in Rome, was appointed to the teaching staff of the Imola Seminary, becoming successively within the local diocese, judge, prosynodal examiner, diocesan visitor and canon theologian of the cathedral chapter. Appointed bishop of the diocese of Macerata e Tolentino, Galeati received his episcopal consecration on August 14, 1881 at the Roman church of Ss. Trinità al Monte...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Ravenna Cemetery, Ravenna, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Honorius Roman Emperor. His reign saw the final fall of Rome to the Barbarians. He was born in 384 AD and was declared Augustus and co-ruler by his father, Theodosius I, in 393 AD. Two years later the Empire was split in two, with Arcadius controlling the East and Honorius, still only ten years old, ruling in the West. During his youth he relied on the support of the general Stilicho, who secured his own position by marrying his daughter, Marian, to the Emperor. He moved his capital from Mediolanum to...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Laghi, Cardinal. Pio b. May 21, 1922 d. January 10, 2009 Roman Catholic Cardinal. One of the top Vatican diplomats during the pontificate of Pope John Paul II, Pio Laghi was the youngest of five children born to a poor family, aided economically at times by the parish priests of the locality. Raised in Faenza, where he received his early studies and was employed as an assistant in a barber's shop, he entered seminary in Forlì, being successively sent to Rome to further his studies at the Pontifical Roman Seminary, the Pontifical Lateran University...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cattedrale di Faenza, Faenza, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Monduzzi, Cardinal. Dino b. April 2, 1922 d. October 13, 2006 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Brisighella born Dino Monduzzi entered seminary in Faenza later moving to Rome to further his studies at the Pontifical Lateran University from where he obtained a licentiate in utroque iure. Ordained priest on July 22, 1945 by Msgr. Giuseppe Battaglia, he served as collaborator in the Catholic Action social missions in several Italian regions, especially Calabria and Sardinia and spiritual assistant to the agrarian reform zones of Fucino between 1954 and 1959. Adjunct...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero di Brisighella, Brisighella, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Family Vault.
Placidia, Galla Roman Empress. She ruled the Roman Empire as regent in the early years of Valentinian III. She was born in approximately 388 AD and was the daughter of the Emperor Theodosius I. While still a child she was given her own household and financial independence and was named "Noblissima Puella", meaning "Most Noble Child". She was captured by the Vsigoths during their sack of Rome in 410 AD and taken to Gaul where she was married to the Visigothic chieftain, Athaulf in 414 AD. When Athaulf died in...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Between the sarcophagi of Constantius III and Valentinian III
Randi, Cardinal. Lorenzo Ilarione b. July 12, 1818 d. December 20, 1887 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Bagnacavallo, Lorenzo Ilarione Randi came from a noble family. Receiving his first education at home, he successively frequented the local school prior to entering the seminary of Faenza. Ordained priest in March 1841, he furtherhed his studies at the Pontifical Academy of Ecclesiastical Noble in Rome. Entering the Roman Curia, he found a rapid solution to the difficult problem of starting a good railroad network in the Papal States, being soon named privy...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Casa Baldi Randi, Traversara, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Oratorio Santa Maria Assunta.
Sabattani, Cardinal. Aurelio b. October 18, 1912 d. April 19, 2003 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Pieve di Sant'Andrea born Aurelio Sabattani's family came from Riolo Terme. Entering seminary in Imola, he later moved to the Regional Seminary Benedetto XV in Bologna, from where he earned a masters in dogmatic theology. Furthering his studies in Rome, he earned a doctorate in utroque iure from the Pontifical Institute of S. Apollinare and the diploma of a lawyer of the Sacred Roman Rota. Ordained priest on July 26, 1935 in the episcopal chapel of Faenza, by the local...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero di Riolo Terme, Riolo Terme, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Family Vault.
Staffa, Cardinal. Dino b. August 14, 1906 d. August 7, 1977 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Santa Maria in Fabriago born Dino Staffa entered seminary in Imola before heading to the Pontifical Regional Seminary Benedetto XV of Bologna and eventually to Rome, where he frequented the Pontifical Roman Athenaeum Sant'Apollinare. Earning doctorates in theology and in utroque iure in both canon and civil laws, he was ordained priest in Imola by Bishop Paolino Tribbioli OFM. Cap., on May 25, 1929. Rendering ministry in both Imola and Rome, he lectured history of canon...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero di Massa Lombarda, Massa Lombarda, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Family Chapel.
Theodoric the Great b. 454 d. August 26, 526 King of the Ostrogoths. Probably an illegitimate son of Theodomir of the royal Amal line of the Ostrogoths. When the Ostrogoths sought to become a client kingdom of Rome the resultant treaty sent Theodoric to Constantinople as a royal hostage at the age of eight. At eighteen, he was sent home as an encouragement for his father to suppress an uprising led by Theodoric Strabo which threatened Roman power. Theodoric was given his own command and gained a victory over Strabo and was elevated to the...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Santa Maria Rotonda, Ravenna, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Tonini, Cardinal. Ersilio b. July 20, 1914 d. July 28, 2013 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Known for his long and steady social and humanitarian commitment, from 2010 he was the oldest living cardinal. Ordained a priest in 1937 and graduated in civil and canon law at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, Tonini was Vice Rector of the Seminary of Piacenza, Teacher, Spiritual Assistant of the groups of Italian Catholic University Federation and director of the diocesan weekly "Il Nuovo Giornale". In 1969, Pope Paul VI appointed him Bishop of Macerata and...[Read More] (Bio by: Lucy Caldarelli) Duomo di Ravenna, Ravenna, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Cappella di Sant'Andrea
Valentinian III Roman Emperor. He was born in 419 AD and was descended from the Emperors Valentinian I and Theodosius I, as well as being the nephew of Honorius and cousin of the Eastern Emperor Theodosius II. In 421 AD, on his father's death, he went with his family to live at the court of Theodosius II in Constantinople. Theodosius named him as Caesar of the Western Empire in 424 AD in place of the usurper Joannes. After Joannes was defeated he was declared Emperor in Rome while still only six years old. Due...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: To the right of the sarcophagus of Galla Placidia.