Cardinal Giacomo Biffi

Cardinal Giacomo Biffi

Birth
Milan, Città Metropolitana di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Death 11 Jul 2015 (aged 87)
Bologna, Città Metropolitana di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Burial Bologna, Città Metropolitana di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Plot Cathedral Crypt.
Memorial ID 149170106 · View Source
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Roman Catholic Cardinal. The son of a bookbinder, Giacomo Biffi was born in Milan and entered seminary there. Obtaining a licentiate and a doctorate in theology, he was ordained priest by Blessed Cardinal Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster in his native city on December 23, 1950. Appointed to the teaching staff of the seminary of Milan, in 1960 he was named pastor of the populous parish of Ss. Martiri Anauniani of Legnano, a position he held until 1969 when he was transferred to the parish of Sant'Andrea. Appointed episcopal vicar for culture for the archdiocese of Milan in 1974, he was named canon theologian of the metropolitan chapter the following year, leaving thus his parochial ministry. Director of the Lombardian Pastoral Institute and of the Congregation for the Ambrosian Rite, at forty seven years of age he was elected auxiliary for the archdiocese of Milan by Pope Paul VI, receiving his episcopal consecration with the titular see of Fidene from Cardinal Giovanni Colombo in the parish of Sant'Andrea on January 11, 1976. Promoted to the metropolitan see of Bologna on April 19, 1984, Pope John Paul II created him cardinal in the consistory of May 25, 1985 with the title of Ss. Giovanni Evangelista e Petronio. A deeply conservative man, considered 'papabile' during the 2005 conclave such that he was voted by Joseph Ratzinger himself who ultimately was elected Pope Benedict XVI, Biffi retired from the pastoral government of his see on December 16, 2003. The author of various publications, the Cardinal passed away at the Villa Toniolo nursing home after a long recovery following the amputation of one of his legs, having spent his last years at Villa San Giacomo, Ponticella, Bologna.

Bio by: Eman Bonnici


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  • Created by: Eman Bonnici
  • Added: 13 Jul 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial 149170106
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Cardinal Giacomo Biffi (13 Jun 1928–11 Jul 2015), Find a Grave Memorial no. 149170106, citing Cattedrale di San Pietro, Bologna, Città Metropolitana di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy ; Maintained by Eman Bonnici (contributor 46572312) .