The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century – Venerable Pascal Attardi

Venerable Pascal AttardiThe process of the Venerable Pascal Attardi is one of the most recently inaugurated. He was born at Naples of pious parents, on 2 October 1837, passed his youth in innocence and studied at the Jesuit college in his native city. After ordination, he never filled any high office, serving merely as assistant in the church of the Most Holy Name of Jesus at Naples. But his confessional and his sermons exercised a magnetic influence upon the people. It was the charm of holiness which, in spite of his humility, he was unable to conceal. His chief occupation was the direction of a sodality and the spiritual care of a hospital. For a while he also superintended a private school. He died on 25 March 1893. At the petition of several cardinals and of many bishops and priests, Pius X published the decree for the opening of the process of his beatification on 27 April 1910.

– this text is taken from The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century: Saintly Men and Women of Our Own Times, by Father Constantine Kempf, SJ; translated from the German by Father Francis Breymann, SJ; Impimatur by + Cardinal John Farley, Archbishop of New York, 25 September 1916