Raffaele Carlo Rossi

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Raffaele Cardinal Rossi OCD (1939)

Raffaele Cardinal Rossi OCD , born as Carlo Rossi , religious name Raffael of St. Joseph , (born October 28, 1876 in Pisa , Italy , † September 17, 1948 in Crespano del Grappa , Province of Treviso ) was Bishop of Volterra and later Cardinal Curia of the Roman Empire catholic church .


Raffaele Carlo Rossi entered the Carmelite Order as a teenager in 1887 . He received his philosophical and theological training in houses of his order in Rome and received on 21 December 1901, the sacrament of Holy Orders . He then worked as a lecturer in various Carmelite study houses.

On April 22nd, 1920 Pope Benedict XV appointed him . to the Bishop of Volterra. The episcopal ordination received Raffaele Carlo Rossi on May 25 of that year by Cardinal Gaetano De Lai . In 1923 he was called by Pope Pius XI. the assessor of the Consistorial and appointed him Titular Archbishop of Thessalonica . Pius XI. took him on June 30, 1930 as a cardinal priest with the titular church of Santa Prassede in the college of cardinals . In the same year he was appointed papal assistant to the throne . On July 4, 1930 he was appointed secretary of the Consistorial Congregation by the Pope . Despite these offices, Cardinal Rossi tried to continue the ascetic life of the Discalced Carmelites. After the death of Pius XI. he took part in the 1939 conclave . During the Second World War Rossi took many charitable measures, which were mainly supported by the papal institutions POA and ONARMO.

He died on September 17, 1948 in Crespano del Grappa and was buried in Rome.

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