Agostino Richelmy

Agostino Richelmy (29 November 1850 10 August 1923) was an Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Archbishop of Turin from 1897 until his death, and was elevated to the rank of cardinal in 1899.

His Eminence

Agostino Richelmy
Cardinal, Archbishop of Turin
SeeArchdiocese of Turin
Installed18 September 1897 — 10 August 1923
PredecessorDavide Riccardi
SuccessorGiuseppe Gamba
Other postsPreviously Bishop of Ivrea
Created cardinal18 June 1899
Personal details
Born(1850-11-29)29 November 1850
Turin, Italy
Died10 August 1923(1923-08-10) (aged 72)
Turin, Italy


Early life and education

Born in Turin, Agostino Richelmy received his Confirmation on 13 August 1857 and later joined the Garibaldian Volunteers in the War of 1866, wearing his red shirt under his cassock for years afterwards.[1] He attended Liceo classico Cavour and studied at the seminary in Turin, from where he obtained his doctorate in theology on 18 May 1876. He was ordained to the priesthood on 25 April 1873 and finished his studies three years later. Within the Archdiocese of Turin, Richelmy taught at its seminary, served as a prosynodal examiner, and was a canon of the cathedral chapter.


On 7 June 1886 he was appointed Bishop of Ivrea by Pope Leo XIII. Richelmy received his episcopal consecration on the following 28 October from Cardinal Gaetano Alimonda, with Bishops Davide Riccardi and Giovanni Bertagna serving as co-consecrators. He was later named Archbishop of Turin on 18 September 1897.


Pope Leo created him Cardinal Priest of Sant'Eusebio in the consistory of 18 June 1899. After participating in the 1903 papal conclave, Richelmy's cardinalatial church was transferred to Santa Maria in Via on 27 November 1911. He was one of the cardinal electors in the conclave of 1914, and also in that of 1922, which selected Pope Benedict XV and Pope Pius XI respectively. In 1915, when Italy entered World War I, Richelmy organized priests for duty as army chaplains in the mountains of Trentino, where they carved altars out of snow and said Mass in below-zero temperatures.[1]

The Cardinal died in Turin, at age 72. He was initially buried at the chapel for the clergy in the Turin cemetery, but his remains were transferred in 1927 to the Santuario della Consolata, where they lie in a pink marble sarcophagus.

Richelmy succeeded Davide Riccardi, who assisted in the former's episcopal consecration, as both Bishop of Ivrea and Archbishop of Turin.


  1. TIME Magazine. Milestones 20 August 1923


  • Harris M. Lentz (2002). Popes and Cardinals of the 20th Century: A Biographical Dictionary. London: McFarland & Company. pp. 155–156. ISBN 978-0-7864-1094-1.
  • Vaudagnotti, Attilio (1926). Il cardinale Agostino Richelmy. Torino, Roma: Marietti, 1926.(in Italian)
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Davide Riccardi
Bishop of Ivrea
7 June 188618 September 1897
Succeeded by
Matteo Angelo Filipello
Preceded by
Davide Riccardi
Archbishop of Turin
18 September 189710 August 1923
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Gamba
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