Bartolomeo Bacilieri

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Bartolomeo Bacilieri (28 March 1842 – 14 February 1923) was an Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Verona from 1900 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1901.


Coat of Arms of Card. Bacilieri

Bartolomeo Bacilieri was born in Breonio, Fumane, and received the Sacrament of Confirmation on 4 July 1854. He studied at the seminary in Verona and at the Almo Collegio Capranica (1862–1867) in Rome. On 17 December 1864, Bacilieri was ordained to the priesthood in Rome. He then furthered his studies at the Collegio Romano, from where he obtained his doctorate in theology on 30 July 1867. Bacilieri taught dogmatic theology at the Seminary of Verona from 1868 to 1888, and was also named as its rector in 1878. He was a canon of the cathedral chapter (1878–1888), and served as diocesan prosynodal examiner as well.

On 1 June 1888, Bacilieri was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Verona and Titular Bishop of Nisa in Lycia. He received his episcopal consecration on the following 10 June from Cardinal Mariano Rampolla, with Archbishops Alessandro Sanminiatelli and Vincenzo Vannutelli serving as co-consecrators, in the chapel of the Almo Collegio Capranica. Bacilieri later succeeded Cardinal Luigi di Canossa as Bishop of Verona upon the latter's death on 12 March 1900.

Pope Leo XIII created him Cardinal Priest of San Bartolomeo all'Isola in the consistory of 15 April 1901. After participating in the conclave of 1903, Bacilieri was a cardinal elector again in the 1914 papal conclave, which selected Pope Benedict XV. During the conclave of 1914, Bacilieri supposedly received two votes in the opening ballot, and served as a scrutineer on the last day of balloting with Cardinals Ottavio Cagiano de Azevedo and Rafael Merry del Val.[1] He later participated in the 1922 papal conclave as well, which resulted in the election of Pope Pius XI.

The Cardinal died in Verona at the age of 80. His funeral was held on 17 February 1923 at the Cathedral of Verona, and was attended by Cardinal Pietro La Fontaine and almost all of the region's bishops. His remains were interred in the tomb of the canons of the cathedral chapter in the Verona cemetery until a definitive tomb at the cathedral was completed.


  1. ^ Burkle-Young, Francis A. "Papal Elections in the Age of Transition, 1878-1922". 2000

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Luigi di Canossa
Bishop of Verona
Succeeded by
Girolamo Cardinale