POPE LEO XIII
He is one of the most learned and holy prelates of the
POPE SAINT PIUS X
(During an audience with the Bishop Mons.
Ferretti ) “ And what about Del Corona, what is he doing? Take good care
of him, you know! That one is a saint!”
A great saint.
The religious, apostolic and inner life of this famous prelate is very
apt to motivate the Clergy to strive for true perfection; it encourages
people to follow with love such an illuminated man, all those people who
would be happy to embrace the convent life, but do not dare because they
imagine difficulties that cannot be overcome [….], since he represents
the austerity of the ascetical life disguised by enchanting sweetness
ERMENEGILDO FLORIT, CARDINAL, ARCHBISHOP OF
The perfume of the virtues and the fame
of the unique values which adorned the humble son of the leghornese
shop-keepers Del Corona, the good and faithful disciple of Saint Dominic
in San Marco Convent, the learned and very pious Parson of San Miniato
Church, keep living […] and His memory is greatly venerated and blessed.
ANDREAS FRϋHWIRTH, Cardinal, FORMER GENERAL
MASTER OF THE DOMINICAN ORDER
[Mons. Pio A. Del Corona] never forgot
the humble and poor life from the convent times.
BLESSED HYACINTHE-MARIE CORMIER, GENERAL MASTER OF
THE DOMINICAN ORDER
We met this friend of God and men when
many years ago, as a young priest, full of life, he began his Dominican
career in San Marco, Florence.
Each time we passed from there, it was a happy moment for him.
The enthusiasm he showed for the study of Oriental languages as a means
to better understand and use the Holy Books, revealed a spirit which was
open to every great thing, able to distinguish the needs of the Church.[…]
We saw him again when he started to work on the creation of the “Asilo”
and we went, to make him happy, to visit the new-born little family
settled in the villa of Santa Marta.
We were so impressed to see his love for the Order, his humility, the
spiritual union, the opening of hearts, regardless of the challenges and
sacrifices of the first days! That was a spring of religious life, whose
flowers watered by the doctrine, warmed by the charity of the Founder,
became beautiful fruits […].
At last we could see him more after he resigned in order to retire in
San Domenico di Fiesole. He loved to receive us in his cell, which was a
real hermitage full of his prayers, his studies and each time we went
there, we were struck by his kindness. […]
We used to see him then at the Divine Office, he was always in time and
we heard him singing the psalms with a voice that was still young, full
and bold which started from the nave of the Church and filled the whole
FATHER ANICETO FERNANDEZ
ALONSO, GENERAL MASTER OF THE DOMINICAN ORDER
So much prestige he gave to the Church
and to the [Dominican] Order with his learning and especially with his
MONS. LUDOVICO FERRETTI, Bishop of Colle Val
d’Elsa, biographer of Mons.Del Corona
The holiness features are those which in
every aspect of the precious existence of this very religious and pious
bishop reveal themselves and dominate over any other quality of nature
and talent; and it is no wonder that among the people from every context
and social background, coming from near or far, the idea that he
deserves to be elevated by the catholic Church to the honours of the
altars is gradually arising. Also, the news has spread of the many
graces obtained owing to the invocation of him or to the touching of his
relics, even in places where he was not known in his life. […]
If a day comes [Translator’s note: The writing dates back to 1927], when
the Church, as it may be hoped, recognizes the heroic virtues of this
Servant of God and let us hear his solemn voice, in confirmation of his
holiness, this will be certainly echoed by many witnesses of famous
members of the Episcopate, of renowned representatives of any class,
and, the unanimous voice of entire peoples, in which his memory is still
living, greeted as “Angel of goodness” who passed through life without
failing under the world corruption and diffusing everywhere light and
MONS. FELICE BECCARO, Bishop of Saint Miniato.
His figure is too shiny and sublime to
be fixed by our feeble eye or qualified by the poverty of our
We can certainly apply to this holy and learned Master what we read in
the introduction of the Saint Doctors Mass: “In the middle of the Church
God opened his mouth and filled him with learning and intellect and
covered him with the mantle of glory”.
MONS.LUIGI ROMOLI, Bishop of Pescia
The first meeting I had with Mons. Del
Corona was in the Monastery of the Holy Spirit […], when I was just
eleven years old, I was brought to greet the Monsignore and to receive
his blessing before entering the Apostolic School [Translator’s note:
This school was held by the Sisters and had been founded by him], it was
October 1911. […] I do not exactly remember what his impact on me was
and what feelings his figure provoked in me.
On the contrary I remember, and they still resound in my ears, the words
of wish and encouragement that he told me while blessing me and giving
me a little holy card which depicted the Virgin Mary. He told me: “Good
start, better end”. […]
After that, I saw the Archbishop many times in the months that followed,
till his death […] In the last period of his illness we (the
college-fellows) were also invited to pray for him […] A detail above
all has remained in my soul and it is the joy that spouted from the most
recondite self, the most intimate parts of me that elevated me above in
highness, over the stars, until reaching God; a joy that captured my
spirit and which arrived, as a way to say, to fill with sweetness even
my mouth, as if I had eaten some honey. And all this without me knowing
nor realizing about the reason of it.
MONS. ISMAELE CASTELLANO, ARCHBISHOP OF SIENA
Of the venerated Archbishop Mons. Pio
Alberto Del Corona I know the writings, of which it can truly be said
what Saint Bernard states about the very Holy Name of Jesus Christ:
“they are honey on the lip, melody to the ear, joy to the heart”.
MONS. PIETRO GIUSEPPE GAGNOR, Bishop of Alessandria
I did not have the chance of knowing him
personally but I remember very well that, in the years of my Dominican
youth, he was known for being exemplarily zealous, prudent and pious; he
was a learned man, a good writer and a lofty teacher; but above all he
was a religious person and a prelate of holy life.
I remember that our venerate Novitiate Teacher often mentioned him to us
as an example of a pure Dominican life, and as model of humility and
apostolic zeal. He still lives in the valuable works which he has left
about theological and ascetic doctrine, inspired by Dominican and
MONS. REGINALDO GIUSEPPE M. ADDAZI, Archbishop of
Trani and Barletta
The figure of this prelate stands out, always
impressive, in the heaven of the Church. His holiness, his learning, his
apostolic activity witnesses his greatness.
FATHER MARIANO SARDI O.P.
In 1910 I suffered an acute soar throat. Inhalations,
breathing in rooms saturated with vapours…everything was useless!
In June 1912 I was sent as a teacher to the San Miniato seminary. I went
to the “Asilo” to see the Monsignore [Translator’s note: he no longer
was Bishop of that Diocese] and I told him: “They want to send me in
your diocese for the seminary. I do not know how I will be able to do it,
my voice does not work anymore. Please give me a blessing”.
He put his hands on my head saying with his quivering voice: “Liberet te
Deus a malo gutturis”.
That worked more than any inhalation! No more pains, no more difficulty
in talking, I went to San Miniato a few months after the death of the
From 1912 to 1920 I taught even five hours every day […] and my voice
always served me magnificently.
FATHER GIACINTO D’URSO O.P.
As an angel, Mons. Del Corona was always
near the throne of God; and, when talking to men, he was nothing but a
DON LIDO FRANCHINI
He still appears to us with his pastoral in his hand,
symbol of government, of teaching, of correction, ready to open to us
the treasures of his divine goodness with the golden key of his charity.
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