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Italian cardinal and pope. Archbishop of Milan. Worked in the Papal Secretariat of State much of his career.  Proclaimed a saint by Pope Francis I in 2018.


TLS - Typewritten Letter Signed, one page, 1956, as archbishop of Milan. Written to (future Monsignor) Luigi Pessina (1883-1968) a priest of the Archdiocese of Milan. Reads:  My sincere thanks for the beautiful album of images. I remember you wanting to present it to me as an expression of special thanks, not only for the kindness suggested but the much appreciated tribute. This is a wonderful commemoration, in photographic form, of the decade of the Association ACLI. Accompanied by a 1969 cacheted postcard bearing a cancelled Vatican stamp and likeness of Pope St. Paul VI.


Luigi Pessina spent much of his priestly career in the parish of St. Andrea Apostolo in Milan, first as assistant to the Oratory then as parish priest from 1943 until his death.  His great commitment to the education of youth, to whom he transmitted his love of culture and the Gospel, resulted in numerous vocations. Since June 1980, at the request of his parishoners, his mortal remains have resided in the right aisle of the church.  In September 1968, less than a month following the death of Monsignor Pessina, Pope Paul VI referred to Pessina as "always a youthful soul" during a general audience on the theme "Giving Christ to Youth" attended by a delegation of young Ambrosians.

PAUL VI, Pope and Saint (1897-1978)

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