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He was born in Cantù, in Lombardy. He was educated at St. Peter Martyr Seminary in Venegono and the in Theological Faculty, Milan. He was ordained to the priesthood on the last day of 1947 in Milan, by Alfredo Schuster then Archbishop of Milan. He taught at the archiepiscopal school in Desio from 1947 till 1949. After further studies in Rome he was a faculty member at the Seminary of Venegono from 1952 until 1967. After this he worked as a parish priest doing pastoral work in the archdiocese of Milan until 1982. He was named Prelate of honour of His Holiness on 24 April 1979.
Pope John Paul II appointed him titular bishop of Gaudiaba and appointed him as an auxiliary bishop of Milan on 10 November 1984. He was consecrated that December by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, assisted by Cardinal Giovanni Colombo, (then Archbishop Emeritus of Milan). He remained as a bishop of Milan until he was appointed as [[Archbisop of Turin on 31 January 1989.
He was created and proclaimed Cardinal Priest of Sacro Cuore di Gesù a Castro Pretorio (deaconry elevated pro hac vice to title) in the consistory of June 28, 1991. He resigned the pastoral government of the archdiocese because of bad health, at the age of 74 on 19 June 1999. Since his resignation he resides in the parish of S. Francesco di Paola, via Montenapoleone. He lost the right to participate in a conclave when he turned 80 years old in 2004.
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31 January 1989
–19 June 1999
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