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Giacomo Tantardini was born in Barzio (Lecco) on 27 March 1946 and baptised on 31 March. He was confirmed by blessed cardinal Schuster on 7 July 1953, and received his first communion on 27 May 1954. He studied Theology in the Venegono Seminary of Milan. He met don Luigi Giussani and was ordained priest by cardinal Giovanni Colombo, the archbishop of Milan, on 27 June 1970. During the early 70s he obtained the licentiate in Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University. His pastoral activity mostly involved university students in Rome. He carried out his ministry in the diocese of Rome, from 1983 to 1997 as parish priest of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque in Tor Vergata (a suburb of Rome) and ecclesiastical assistant of Tor Vergata University. He taught at the Saint Pius V Free University of Rome and at the University of Padua. He collaborated with the magazine 30Days in the Church and in the world which was directed by Giulio Andreotti since 1993. In the early 80s, at the request of young adults who converted to Christianity, he collected the simplest prayers of Christian life and everything needed to make a good confession in a little booklet. It is entitled Who prays is saved, is translated into key languages, and is distributed in hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide. On 18 February 2005 cardinal Joseph Ratzinger wrote the presentation.

This so far is the short autobiography that don Giacomo penned for his publications, to which we take the liberty of adding some brief notes. He was not only a collaborator of the magazine 30Days, as he wrote timidly, but was the true director, the heart and soul (to explain this, click here to see the attached proofs). Through don Giacomo, who during his life also had contrasts in the ecclesial field, the Lord attracted and preserved in the faith thousands of people, young and old. He died in Rome on 19 April 2012.

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