Alfonso Mistrangelo

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Alfonso Maria Mistrangelo (26 April 1852 – 7 November 1930) was an Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Florence from 1899 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1915.


Alfonso Mistrangelo was born in Savona, and received the Sacrament of Confirmation on 17 May 1859. He studied at the seminary in Savona before entering the Congregation of the Clerics Poor Regular of the Mother of God of the Pious Schools, more commonly known as the Piarists, on 23 October 1870, in Liguria. Educated at Piarist houses of study from 1870 to 1877, Mistrangelo made his simple profession in 1871, and his solemn profession in 1874.

He received the tonsure and other insignias of the clerical character on 28 February 1875, the subdiaconate on 13 May 1875, and the diaconate on 18 July 1875. Mistrangelo was ordained to the priesthood on 17 March 1877, and then taught at the Piarist schools of Finalborgo, Carcare, and Ovada. In 1880 he became the rector of the Piarist school in Ovada.

On 16 January 1893, Mistrangelo was appointed Bishop of Pontremoli by Pope Leo XIII. He received his episcopal consecration on the following 11 May from Cardinal Lucido Parocchi, with Archbishop Antonio Grasselli, OFM Conv, and Bishop Luigi Canestrari serving as co-consecrators, in the church of San Pantaleone.

Mistrangelo was later promoted to archbishop of Florence on 19 June 1899, and served as Superior General of the Piarists from 1900 to 1904 as well. Pope Benedict XV created him Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria degli Angeli in the consistory of 6 December 1915. He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 1922 papal conclave, which selected Pope Pius XI.

Cardinal Mistrangelo died from gastric poisoning[1] in Florence, at the age of 78; his tenure as archbishop lasted for thirty-one years. He is buried in the cemetery of Soffiano.


  1. ^ TIME Magazine. Milestones November 17, 1930

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Preceded by
David Camilli
Bishop of Pontremoli
Succeeded by
Angelo Fiorini
Preceded by
Agostino Bausa
Archbishop of Florence
Succeeded by
Elia Dalla Costa