BLESSED OLINTO MARELLA was an Italian Roman Catholic priest who exercised his pastoral service in the Archdiocese of Bologna. The new blessed was a classmate of Pope St. John XXIII in Rome and the pope held him in high esteem and supporting his pastoral initiatives.
proclaimed to be Venerable on 27 March 2013 after Pope Francis recognized
that he had lived a life of heroic virtue. Pope
Francis confirmed a miracle attributed to him on 28 November 2019 and Padre Marella
was beatified in
Giuseppe Marella was born on 14 June 1882 in Pellestrina, one of three children
to Luigi Marella and
with the poor and homeless in
Other priests objected to his work as being too evangelical but it did not matter for he had the support of Pope John XXIII who considered Marella to be a "dear friend".
Padre Olinto Marella also tried to stimulate the innovative principles of Pope Leo XIII and Rerum Novarum.
He also knew (St.) Gianna Beretta Molla - (Catholic pediatrician who refused both an abortion and a hysterectomy while pregnant with her fourth child despite knowing that her refusal could result in her own death, which did later occur) and (Bl) Maria Bolognesi (lay mystic and stigmatic who died in 1980).
Bl. Olinto Marella died on 6 September 1969 with hundreds attending his funeral. His feast day will be September 6.