Anastasio Alberto Ballestrero

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Cardinal Anastasio Alberto Ballestrero OCD (born October 3, 1913 in Genoa , Italy , † June 21, 1998 in Bocca di Magra ) was Archbishop of Turin .


Alberto Ballestrero entered the Carmelite order in 1928 , took the name Anastasio and studied Catholic theology in various houses of his order . He received on 6 June 1936, the sacrament of Holy Orders , and then worked as a teacher and lecturer in several institutions of the Carmelite Order. In addition, he took on leadership tasks in the training of the next generation of the Order. From 1939 to 1942 he worked as a novice master , from 1942 to 1948 as prior and from 1948 to 1955 as provincial . From 1955 to 1967 he was Superior General of the Carmelite Order. During this time he was able to visit almost all 350 convents and 850 monasteries of his order around the world. Only the communist regime of Hungary forbade him entry. Anastasio Alberto Ballestrero participated in the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965 .

On December 21, 1973, Pope Paul VI appointed him . to the Archbishop of Bari . The episcopal ordination received Anastasio Ballestrero on 2 February in 1974 by the then prefect of the Congregation for Bishops , Sebastiano Cardinal Baggio . In 1977 the Pope made him head of the Archdiocese of Turin . Pope John Paul II accepted Anastasio Alberto Ballestrero on June 30, 1979 as a cardinal priest with the titular church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in the cardinals college and entrusted him with numerous representative tasks in the following years. Under Ballestreros aegis was 1978 Turin grave cloth scientifically studied exhibited in public again for the first time in 45 years and American US by forty scientists from the "Shroud of Turin Research Project" (STURP team) in detail, and in 1988 the tissue sample from the grave cloth for radiocarbon dating taken .

Anastasio Alberto Ballestrero headed the Italian Bishops' Conference between May 1979 and July 1985 , of which he had previously been Vice-President since May 1978. He resigned the leadership of the Archdiocese of Turin on January 31, 1989 for reasons of age. Cardinal Ballestrero died on June 21, 1998 in the Abbey of the Holy Cross at Fortino Santa Maria, Bocca di Magra. He was buried in the Carmelite monastery of Varazze.

On February 4, 2014, the diocesan beatification process was opened.

Fonts (selection)

  • At the sources of Carmel. Commentary on the original rule of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel. Translated from the Italian by Sr. M. Ancilla Oberkofler OCD. Klein-Theresien-Karmel Rankweil 2011.


  • P. Giuseppe Caviglia OCD: Il Cardinale Anastasio Alberto Ballestrero. Torino 2008. ISBN 978-88-01-04041-8 .
  • P. Giuseppe Caviglia OCD, P. Silvano Giordano OCD, P. Girolamo Salvatioco OCD: Anastasio Ballestrero. Amare ... Ho amato! Testimonies di una vita. Milano 1997. ISBN 88-215-3442-1 .
  • Date principali di 'Una vita donata' . Ite ad Joseph, LXXXVI, No. 4 1998, pp. 4-6

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Andrea Mariano Magrassi (it) OSB
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