Blessed Giovanni Fornasini

Blessed Giovanni FornasiniAlso known as

  • The Angel of Marzabotto



Ordained a priest of the archdiocese of Bologna, Italy in the cathedral of San Pietro on 28 June 1942 in the midst of World War II. Chaplain and then parish priest in Sperticano, Italy. He took in people who had been displaced in the war, helped others to escape from occupied territory, and ministered to prisoners and those condemned to death, getting around everywhere on a bicycle. For this work, he was murdered and his body mutilated by a German Waffen SS officer. He was posthumously awarded Italy‘s Gold Medal of Military Valour for saving people from the Fascists.





MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Giovanni Fornasini“. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 November 2021. Web. 17 January 2022. <>