Cardinal Priest of SS Redentore a Val Melaina
Born on July 20, 1914, in Centovera of San Giorgio Piacentino, in Emilia Romagna, Cardinal Tonini entered Piacenza's seminary at age 11. On April 18, 1937, he was ordained a priest. Vice-Rector of the Piacenza's Seminary until 1939, he was transferred to Rome for several years, returning to Piacenza in 1943. On October 14, 1953, he became the parish priest of Salsomaggiore, and in September of 1968 he assumed the post of Rector of the Seminary of Piacenza. On April 28, 1969, Paul VI named him Bishop of Macerata and Tolentino. Called upon to manage the ancient archdiocese of Ravenna on November 22, 1975, Tonini made the dramatic gesture of leaving his archbishop's quarters to a group of drug addicts in search of salvation and went to live among the sick poor at the St. Teresa Institute. He renounced his see on October 27, 1990, and was elevated to the College of Cardinals by John Paul II during the Consistory of November 26, 1994.