Elia Dalla Costa
Elia Dalla Costa
|Archbishop of Florence|
|Appointed||19 December 1931|
|Term ended||22 December 1961|
|Predecessor||Michele Carlo Visdomini Cortigiani|
|Successor||Cosimo de' Bardi|
|Other posts||Cardinal-Priest of San Marco (1933-1961)|
|Ordination||25 July 1895
by Antonio Feruglio
|Consecration||12 August 1923
by Ferdinando Rodolfi
|Created Cardinal||13 March 1933
by Pope Pius XI
|Birth name||Elia Dalla Costa|
14 May 1872|
Villaverla, Veneto, Kingdom of Italy
|Died||22 December 1961
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
|Buried||Duomo di Firenze|
|Motto||Virtus ex Alto (Power from on high)|
|Coat of arms|
|Title as Saint||Servant of God|
Elia Dalla Costa
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
Elia Dalla Costa (14 May 1872 – 22 December 1961) was an Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as the Archbishop of Florence from 1931 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1933.
Dalla Costa was born in Villaverla, Veneto, the youngest of the five children. He attended the seminaries in Vicenza and Padua before being ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Antonio Feruglio on 25 July 1895. He finished his studies in 1897, and then did pastoral work in Vicenza, at whose seminary he also taught.
Episcopate and cardinalate
On 25 May 1923, Dalla Costa was appointed Bishop of Padua by Pope Pius XI. He received his episcopal consecration on the following 12 August from Bishop Ferdinando Rodolfi, with Bishops Andrea Longhin and Apollonio Maggio serving as co-consecrators, in the Cathedral of Vicenza. Dalla Costa was later named Archbishop of Florence on 19 December 1931. From January to May 1932, he was Apostolic Administrator of Padua.
Pope Pius XI created Dalla Costa Cardinal-Priest of S. Marco in the consistory of 13 March 1933. He was one of the cardinal electors in the 1939 papal conclave (at which he received votes) that selected Pope Pius XII, and later participated in the conclave of 1958, resulting in the election of Pope John XXIII. During World War II, he became known as "the Cardinal of Charity" for helping save thousands of Italians from execution under the Fascist regime.
Death and legacy
Dalla Costa died from pulmonary complications in Florence, at age 89, and is buried in the Duomo di Firenze. At the time he was the oldest member of the College of Cardinals. On 22 December 1981, exactly twently years after his death, his process for beatification was opened.
In November 2012, Catholic News Service (CNS) announced that the Servant of God Elia Cardinal Dalla Costa had been named as a "Righteous Among the Nations", a prestigious honor granted by the Yad Vashem, National Holocaust Authority, (the process of selection for each case is headed by a public commission led by an Israeli Supreme Court Justice) in Jerusalem to those who are judged to have done the most, at risk to themselves, to save Jews from the horror of the Nazi Holocaust (or the Shoah, as it is referred to by Jews) during the period before and during World War II.
- "Habemus Papam". Time Magazine. March 13, 1939. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
- "Milestones: Dec. 29, 1961". Time Magazine. December 29, 1961. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
- "Late Italian cardinal honored for helping rescue Jews during Holocaust". Catholic News Service. November 27, 2012. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
|Catholic Church titles|
|Bishop of Padua
|Archbishop of Florence
Ermenegildo Cardinal Florit
|Oldest Living Cardinal
5 May 1959 – 22 December 1961