Cardinal Lorenzo Ilarione Randi

Cardinal Lorenzo Ilarione Randi

Birth
Bagnacavallo, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Death 20 Dec 1887 (aged 69)
Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Burial Traversara, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Plot Oratorio Santa Maria Assunta.
Memorial ID 137597031 · View Source
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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 chamberlain supernumerary. Auditor of the Council of State and in the Ministry of Interior, he acted as apostolic delegate in Rieti, Perugia, Ancona and Civitavecchia. Some misunderstandings with the ordinary of Perugia, Msgr. Gioacchino Pecci, were to be arisen by Randi in the conclave of 1878, which eventually elected Pecci as Pope Leo XIII. Director general of police between 1865 and 1870, he was able to maintain public order during the crisis of the Fall of 1867. When Rome was eventually occupied by the revolutionary forces, he managed to transfer to safety all the documents of the dicastery entrusted to him. Vice camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church between June 22, 1866 and 1875, Pope Pius IX created him cardinal 'in pectore' in the consistory of March 15, 1875, his name was published on September 17 of the same year, with Randi receiving the deaconry of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Opting for the deaconry of Santa Maria in Via Lata, retaining 'in commendam' his previous deaconry on March 24, 1884, he went on to serve as prefect of the Economy of the Sacred Congregation of Propaganda Fide and of the Reverend Chamber of Despoilments between May 10, 1884 to 1887. Cardinal protoprete, during his last years, spent at Palazzo Taverna in Rome, he increased and expanded his collection of papal coins and medals which, eventually acquired by Leo XIII, renewed the Gabinetto Numismatico of the Vatican Library in 1901. The collection had in great part been dispersed during the Jacobin and Napoleonic occupations of Rome. A stroke brought his end in Rome, where he was temporarily buried in the chapel of the Sacred Congregation of Propaganda Fide in the local Campo Verano cemetery. At a later date, in accordance with his wishes, his remains were transferred to the oratory adjacent to the private church located near Baldi Randi house in Traversara di Bagnacavallo, and reburied next to those of his mother and sister.

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  • Created by: Eman Bonnici
  • Added: 21 Oct 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 137597031
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Cardinal Lorenzo Ilarione Randi (12 Jul 1818–20 Dec 1887), Find a Grave Memorial no. 137597031, citing Casa Baldi Randi, Traversara, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy ; Maintained by Eman Bonnici (contributor 46572312) .