Eugenio Tosi

His Eminence
Eugenio Tosi, O.Ss.C.A.
Cardinal, Archbishop of Milan
Church Roman Catholic Church
See Milan
Appointed 7 March 1922
Term ended 7 January 1929
Predecessor Achille Ratti
Successor Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of Santi Silvestro e Martino ai Monti (1922-1929)
Ordination 24 June 1887
Consecration 16 April 1911
by Andrea Carlo Ferrari
Created Cardinal 11 December 1922
by Pope Pius XI
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Born (1864-05-06)May 6, 1864
Busto Arsizio, Italy
Died January 7, 1929(1929-01-07) (aged 64)
Milan, Italy
Buried Cathedral of Milan
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Eugenio Tosi (1864–1929) 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.


Early life

Tosi was born in Busto Arsizio, and studied at the seminaries of Monza and Milan. 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.[1] 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 Milan

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, from which Catholics were prohibited from seeing, at La Scala in 1926.[2]


Cardinal Tosi died after a long illness in Milan, at age 64.[3] He is buried before the altar of the Virgo potens in the Milan Cathedral.


  1. "La consacrazione dei due nuovi vescovi". L'Unione (in Italian). Milano. 18 April 1911.
  2. TIME Magazine. D'Annunzio, II Idolo 15 March 1926
  3. TIME Magazine. Milestones 21 January 1929

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Preceded by
Raffaele Morisciano
Bishop of Squillace
Succeeded by
Giorgio Elli
Preceded by
Giuseppe Staiti di Brancaleone
Bishop of Andria
Succeeded by
Alessandro Macchi
Preceded by
Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti
Archbishop of Milan
Succeeded by
Alfredo Schuster, OSB
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