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Campana, Emilio

CAMPANA, EMILIO

Theologian; b. Signora (Val Colla, Ticino), 1874; d. Lugano, June 8, 1939. He completed his early education at Pollegio and Lugano. He was sent to Rome for higher studies at the Urban (Propaganda) College and won doctorates in both philosophy and theology. His teacher Alexis Lépicier (later cardinal) encouraged his pursuit of Mariological studies. After his ordination in 1897, he returned to the major seminary at Lugano to teach dogmatic theology, holding the post until his death. In 1914 he was appointed official theologian of the bishop of Lugano. From 1927 until 1932 he served as rector of the seminary at which he taught. He is known principally for his two works in the field of Mariology: Maria nel dogma cattolico (Turin 1923) and Maria nel culto cattolico (2 v., Turin 1933). The former work has been highly acclaimed by theologians throughout the world. It has gone through five Italian editions and has been translated into several languages. Besides these works Campana left two incomplete studies: one on Mary in art and the other a dogmatic-historical treatise on Vatican Council I. In addition to these monographs, he published a number of articles in various theological reviews.

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