(Image of the boy prodigy Giuseppe Siri with his family)
Giuseppe Siri was born in Genoa on May 20, 1906. His mother was from a village near Forli, his father was from Liguria. At four years old, his parents decided to enroll him in elementary school, a sign of early intellectual development. Giuseppe grew quickly and his excellent academic results caught the attention of a friend of his father, a stockbroker, who promised to teach him his job in spite of his young age. After a few days Giuseppe Siri showed a strong disinterest in this activity, and shared this to his mother.
He spent great amounts of time in fervent prayer at the oratory of the church in which he had been baptized, Santa Maria Immacolata in Genoa. At the age of nine, he expressed his intention to enter the seminary to become a priest. In 1916, at the age of 10, his parents allowed his entry into the minor seminary of Genoa, which was known for its strict discipline. Giuseppe distinguished himself by his quickness of thought and for excellent results achieved. Due to his signal successes, Cardinal Minoretti, Archbishop of Genoa, informed Giuseppe, and his parents, of his intention to send the gifted child to Rome, to study at the Pontifical Gregorian University.