Cardinal Tommaso Maria Zigliara

Cardinal Tommaso Maria Zigliara

Birth
Bonifacio, Departement de la Corse-du-Sud, Corse, France
Death 10 May 1893 (aged 59)
Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Burial Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Plot Sacello dei Domenicani.
Memorial ID 32550535 · View Source
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Roman Catholic Cardinal. Born in Bonifacio on the southern tip of the island of Corsica, Tommaso Maria Zigliara entered the Order of Preachers in 1851, making his religious profession the following year. Following his studies in philosophy and theology at the Dominican houses of studies in Rome and Perugia, he was ordained priest in May 1856 in Perugia by the local ordinary, Msgr. Gioacchino Pecci, future Pope Leo XIII. Assigned to lecture philosophy in Rome and in Corbara, Corsica, concurrently, he was named faculty member of the seminary of Viterbo and master of novices of the Dominican convent of Gradi. Serving the latter office in Rome, between 1870 and 1879, he started lecturing at Dominican College di San Tommaso della Minerva, of which he eventually became rector in 1873, holding the office until 1879, when he was created cardinal. Consultor of the Sacred Congregation of the Index and of Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs, at the age of forty five, Zigliara was created cardinal deacon in the consistory of May 12, 1879 with the deaconry of Ss. Cosma e Damiano, by the named Pope Leo XIII. Later that year, he contributed to the writing of the encyclical 'Aeterni Patris', restoring Thomism as the basis of Christian philosophy. Director of the Leonine Commission for the edition of the works of St. Thomas Aquinas, he was appointed protector of the Bibliographic Society on July 4, 1885, prefect of the Sacred Congregation of Indulgences and Relics on December 16, 1886, and prefect of the Sacred Congregation of Studies on October 28, 1887. In 1890, he contributed to the writing of the famous 'Rerum Novarum' encyclical. Opting for the order of cardinal priests and the title of Santa Prassede on June 1, 1891, he was named protector of the Theological Academy of Rome on April 12, 1892. The Cardinal, who enjoyed world wide fame as a leading Scholar in Thomistic philosophy and theology, was elected bishop of the suburbicarian see of Frascati on January 16, 1893, but died unexpectedly on the following May 10, before receiving his episcopal consecration. His body was exposed in the Dominican church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva and was later buried in the chapel of the Order of Preachers inside the Campo Verano Cemetery of Rome.

Bio by: Eman Bonnici


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  • Created by: Eman Bonnici
  • Added: 1 Jan 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 32550535
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Cardinal Tommaso Maria Zigliara (29 Oct 1833–10 May 1893), Find a Grave Memorial no. 32550535, citing Cimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy ; Maintained by Eman Bonnici (contributor 46572312) .