He was appointed professor in the Seminary of Rieti and later vicar-general of the diocese. He was preconized Titular Bishop of Caryste by Pope Leo XIII, 12 August 1881, was created Cardinal-Priest of Sts. Boniface and Alexis, 11 February 1889, and became Prefect of the Congregation of Indulgences. His treatise on moral theology is entitled "Summula theologiae moralis," (Milan, 1881-83). Another work, a commentary on the Constitution, "Apostolicae Sedis" (Rieti, 1880), is also valuable to theologians and canonists.