Cardinal Priest of S Cuore di Gesù a Castro Pretorio (Deaconry raised pro hac vice)
Born in Cantu, Lombardy, on December 11, 1924, Saldarini entered the seminary when he was 14. Ordained on May 31, 1947, he moved to Rome to pursue his studies and obtained a degree in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute. Returning to his diocese, he worked as an instructor at the Venegono Seminary for 15 years. On March 17, 1982, Carlo Maria Martini, Archbishop of Milan, named him Vicar of the First Pastoral Region, an area with 180 churches. In 1983 he was promoted to the position of Pro-Vicar General. On November 10, 1984, John Paul II appointed Saldarini Titular Bishop of Gaudiaba and Auxiliary of the Archbishop of Milan. On January 31, 1989, Saldarini became the 100th Metropolitan Archbishop of Turin. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals by John Paul II during the Consistory of June 28, 1991.