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Eugenio Tosi (6 May 1864–7 January 1929) was an Italian Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He served as archbishop of Milan from 1922 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1922.

Eugenio Tosi, O.Ss.C.A.
Cardinal, Archbishop of Milan
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed7 March 1922
Term ended7 January 1929
PredecessorAchille Ratti
SuccessorAlfredo Ildefonso Schuster
Other postsCardinal-Priest of Santi Silvestro e Martino ai Monti (1922-1929)
Ordination24 June 1887
Consecration16 April 1911
by Andrea Carlo Ferrari
Created cardinal11 December 1922
by Pope Pius XI
Personal details
Born(1864-05-06)May 6, 1864
Busto Arsizio, Kingdom of Italy
DiedJanuary 7, 1929(1929-01-07) (aged 64)
Milan, Kingdom of Italy
BuriedCathedral of Milan
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MottoOra et labora ("Pray and work")
Coat of armsEugenio Tosi, O.Ss.C.A.'s coat of arms


Early lifeEdit

Tosi was born in Busto Arsizio, and studied at the seminaries of Monza and Milan.[1] Ordained to the priesthood on 4 June 1887, he entered the Oblates of Ss. Charles and Ambrose in 1889, after serving as a curate in Busto. Tosi then taught at the Missionary House of the Oblates in Rho until 1909, when he was made Vicar General of Rimini.

On 5 April 1911, Tosi was appointed Bishop of Squillace by Pope Pius X. He received his episcopal consecration on the following 16 April from Andrea Cardinal Ferrari.[2] After becoming Bishop of Andria on 22 March 1917, he served as Apostolic Administrator of Squillace from 10 August 1917 to February 1918.

Cardinal Archbishop of MilanEdit

Pope Pius XI named Tosi to succeed him as Archbishop of Milan on 7 March 1922 and created him Cardinal-Priest of Ss. Silvestro e Martino ai Monti in the consistory of 11 December the same year. He publicly denounced the playing of the opera The Martyrdom of San Sebastian, which Catholics were prohibited from seeing, at La Scala in 1926.[3]


Cardinal Tosi died after a long illness in Milan, at age 64.[4] He is buried before the altar of the Virgo potens in the Milan Cathedral.


  1. ^ Harris M. Lentz III (2001). Popes and Cardinals of the 20th Century: A Biographical Dictionary. Jefferson NC, USA: McFarland. p. 190. ISBN 978-0-7864-4101-3.
  2. ^ "La consacrazione dei due nuovi vescovi". L'Unione (in Italian). Milano. 18 April 1911.
  3. ^ TIME Magazine. D'Annunzio, II Idolo 15 March 1926
  4. ^ TIME Magazine. Milestones 21 January 1929


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