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He was born in Centallo near Fossano. He was educated at the Seminary of Fossano, Catholic University of Milan, and the Theological Faculty in Turin. He was ordained on 19 September 1925 in Fossano. After his ordination he served as spiritual director of the Seminary of Fossano from 1929 until 1933. He was Canon of the cathedral chapter of Fossano, vicar general and vicar capitular of the diocese between 1933 and 1943. He taught as a faculty member of the University of Turin until 1965.
He was created and proclaimed Cardinal-Priest of Santissimo Nome di Gesù by Pope Paul on 26 June 1967. He resigned the government of the archdiocese in 1977. After participating in the conclaves that elected Pope John Paul I and Pope John Paul II, he lost the right to participate in any future conclaves when he turned 80 years of age in 1983. He died three years later and is buried in his family plot in the parish church of Roata Chiusani.
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18 September 1965–1 August 1977
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