15 Facts About Angelo Paoli


Paoli's beatification was celebrated on 25 April 2010 in the Basilica di San Giovanni Laterano, with Archbishop Angelo Amato presiding on the behalf of Pope Benedict XVI.


Angelo Paoli's parents named him in honor of Francis of Assisi to whom they had a strong devotion.


Angelo Paoli was a sacristan and organist from his ordination until 1674 in Florence but was forced to return home for health reasons.


Angelo Paoli did not want to be recognized for this so he retreated into the mountains of Garfagana as a hermit, though each dawn he went to the shrine of San Pellegrino to celebrate Mass.


Angelo Paoli was then appointed to a parish in Pisa for active service in 1682 but was later transferred to Cupoli, Monte Catino and Fivizzano a few months later as an organist and sacristan.


Angelo Paoli had a special devotion to the Passion and he caused wooden crosses to be erected on the hills around Fivizzano, to bring this devotion to the minds of others to reflect on the love the Redeemer had for mankind.


Angelo Paoli arrived with nothing more than his breviary and a small white bag with a little bit of bread.


Angelo Paoli first passed through his hometown to bid farewell to his aging father and his siblings and then to Siena to bid farewell to his Carmelite friar brother Tommaso.


Angelo Paoli spent the remainder of his life divided between the care of the sick and the poor in hospitals and then the office of Master of Novices which he held.


Angelo Paoli approached Pope Clement XI in 1708 and asked him for a restoration of the Coliseum since it should be their task to honor those killed for their faith there and to place wooden crosses there to honor them; Angelo Paoli wanted to convince the pope to halt the pilfering of stone from the Coliseum.


The pope was hesitant at first but allowed Angelo Paoli to gather volunteers to fix the place and had large wooden crosses placed there, which had been his dream.


Angelo Paoli distinguished himself during two earthquakes at the start of 1703 in aiding the victims that were either displaced or injured.


Angelo Paoli fed the poor and provided them with blankets and clothes and while visiting hospitals gave them medicine and provided them comfort in their suffering.


Angelo Paoli befriended Cardinal Giuseppe Maria Tomasi who was the Cardinal-Priest of Santi Silvestro e Martino ai Monti.


Archbishop Angelo Paoli Amato presided over the beatification on 25 April 2010 in the Basilica di San Giovanni Laterano; the Cardinal Vicar of Rome Agostino Vallini was in attendance.