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Alessandro Piazza

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Alessandro Piazza
Bishop of Albenga-Imperia
DioceseDiocese of Albenga-Imperia
Appointed18 May 1965
Term ended6 October 1990
PredecessorGilberto Baroni
SuccessorMario Oliveri
Ordination11 June 1938
Consecration24 June 1965
by Giuseppe Cardinal Siri
Personal details
Born20 July 1915
Died10 September 1995(1995-09-10) (aged 80)
Albenga, Liguria
DenominationRoman Catholic
Ordination history of
Alessandro Piazza
Priestly ordination
Date11 July 1938
PlaceGenoa Cathedral
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorGiuseppe Siri
Co-consecratorsPietro Zuccarino (Bobbio-San Colombano)
Franco Costa (Emmaüs)
Date24 June 1965
PlaceGenoa Cathedral

Alessandro Piazza (20 July 1915 – 16 September 1995) was an Italian biblical scholar and the Bishop of Albenga.


Alessandro Piazza was born on 20 July 1915 in Genoa. He studied at the Minor Archdiocesan Seminary and later at the Major Archdiocesan Seminary of his hometown. On 11 July 1938, at the age of 22, he was ordained a priest in the Cathedral of Saint Lawrence in Genoa. The Archbishop of Genoa, Pietro Cardinal Boetto, sent him to continue his studies in sacred scripture and theology at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. There, he received the licentiate degree and was assigned as a teacher of Hebrew and Scripture at the Archdiocesan Major Seminary.[1]

On 18 May 1965 he was appointed the Bishop of Albenga and consecrated in the Genoa Cathedral on 24 June. The principal consecrator was Giuseppe Cardinal Siri. As Bishop, he oversaw the complete restoration of the Cathedral of Saint Michael of Albenga, restoring it to its original Romanesque style. He also founded the Institute for Religious Sciences in the diocese and favored the cultural reinvigoration of the clergy and laity in light of the Second Vatican Council, of which he was a member and participant in its last session.

As a biblical scholar, he served as the secretary of the episcopal committee and as a member of the editorial board of Bible of CEI, the official Italian translation of the Bible for liturgical use published in 1971. Along with biblical scholar Enrico Galbiati, he wrote the book Difficult Pages of the Old Testament (Italian: Pagine difficili della Antico Testamento), of which many Italian editions were released and translations into English, Spanish, Polish, and Russian were made.

On 1 December 1973, the Diocese of Albenga, which was established in the fifth century, changed its name without changing its structure, taking the name of Diocese of Albenga-Imperia, to better reflect the presence of the capital of Liguria that had always been a part of its territory. With the change in name of the diocese, Piazza's title was changed to Bishop of Albenga-Imperia.

On 6 October 1990, Pope John Paul II accepted his resignation from pastoral governance of the diocese due to age and appointed Mario Meini as his successor. Piazza retired to the Episcopal Seminary of Albenga, from where he collaborated with his successor until his death on 16 September 1995.[1]

Piazza was buried in the right nave beneath the altar of the Blessed Sacrament in the Albenga Cathedral.


  1. ^ a b "Bishop Alessandro Piazza". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 25 September 2016.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Albenga-Imperia
Succeeded by