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Born in in Castelspina, province of Alessandria, he was ordained priest on April 12, 1941 and began his pastoral ministry in Rome. In August 1959 he was nominated spiritual director of the Pontifical Major Roman Seminary and was member of the commission for the first diocesan synod of Rome. He also served as Apostolic examiner of the clergy.
On July 8, 1961 he was named Titular bishop of Tenedo, and auxiliary of the Cardinal vicar of Rome. Participated in the general congregations of Vatican II on the themes of ecumenism and religious liberty.
On January 7, 1971 he was transferred to the see of Tortona. On February 8, 1975 he was transferred to titular see of Monterano, with personal title of archbishop, and appointed vicegerent of the Diocese of Rome. During this time he was very dedicated to the growth and development of the community, defending the values of the human person, especially the value of life.
Canestri was created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope John Paul II in the consistory of June 28, 1988, with as titular church, S. Andrea della Valle.
He was made archbishop emeritus of Genoa on April 20, 1995.
|Archbishop of Genoa|
1987 - 1995
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