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Tommaso Reggio (January 9, 1818 - November 22, 1901) was the Bishop of the Archdiocese of Genoa, Italy. On January 8, 2000, he was beatified by Pope John Paul II.

Reggio was born in Genoa, Italy, to the Marquis of Reggio and Angela Pareto. At the age of 20 he decided to become a priest and was ordained on September 18, 1841. At this time he said:

"I want to become a saint, cost what it may, living my life in accordance with the two cornerstones of Christianity: prayer and ascesis".[1]

He helped found The Catholic Standard, a Catholic newspaper, and later closed the paper in 1874.

He was named Bishop of Ventimiglia in 1877. The diocese was so poor, he had to travel on a mule. He founded the Sisters of Saint Martha in 1878, a congregation devoted to caring for the poor.

In 1877 he was also named titular bishop of Tanes.[2]

Following an earthquake in 1887, he worked with the victims, and ordered his priests to use all resources to help the displaced. He founded orphanages at Ventimiglia and Sanremo for those children who had lost their families in the quake. [3]

In 1892 he asked Pope Leo XIII to relieve him of his duties, however the Pope appointed him archbishop of Genoa. He served in this capacity until his death on the afternoon on November 22, 1901.

References

  1. Biographical article, and the papal homily at his beatification.
  2. Catholic Heirarchy
  3. Patron Saints Index

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