Youngest of three boys born to Henry and Clementine Gnocchi; his father died when Carlo was 5 years old, and his two brothers died of tuberculosis before he was 13. Priest in the archdiocese of Milan, Italy, ordained in 1925. Teacher and spiritual director of children. Chaplain to alpine troops in World War II. Helped Jews and Allied POWs escape to Switzerland, and was imprisoned for writing against Fascism. Founder of the Fondazione Pro Juventute and worked in the post-War era to care for those orphaned or disabled in the conflict.
- 28 February 1956 at Milan, Italy of cancer
- he was an organ donor, and his corneas returned sight to two blind young people
- 25 October 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI
- beatification recognition celebrated in the Piazza del Duomo, in Milan, Italy
- “Blessed Carlo Gnocchi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 July 2015. Web. 9 February 2016. <>