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Blessed Alberto Marvelli
Born March 21, 1918(1918-03-21), Ferrara, Italy
Died June 30, 1946, Rimini,Italy
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Beatified 5 September 2004, Loreto, Italy by Pope John Paul II
Major shrine San Agostino Church, Rimini,Italy
Feast October 5

Alberto Marvelli (21 March 1918 - October 5, 1946) was an Italian member of the Catholic Action.

Born at Ferrara, he was given a Christian formation by his mother, who kept their home open to the poor. Through his upbringing he became a firm defender of the poor in his later years.

Biography

In Rimini, Marvelli attended the Salesian Oratory and was involved with the Catholic Action group in his parish.

When he was only 18, Marvelli was elected president of Italian Catholic Action. Marvelli graduated in 1941 with a degree in engineering and shortly after began teaching in a high school. In this period he devoted himself to service of those in need, and prayer.

During World War II, Marvelli continued to serve to poor at great personal cost and risk. He is known to have given away even his bicycle and the shoes off his feet to those most in need. During the German occupation, he saved numerous people from deportation to the concentration camps. He even carried off to a safe place a tabernacle containing the Blessed Sacrament, under a broken house.

After the war Marvelli was chosen by the community of Rimini to take on many positions of responsibility as a engineer for the rebuilding of the town, including being chosen by the bishop the president of Catholic Graduates in the diocese of Rimini.

He was killed in 5 May 1946, when an army truck hit him. His remains rest in the Church of S. Agostino in Rimini in a decorated tomb.

He was beatified in Loreto on 5 September 2004 by Pope John Paul II.

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