Cinzio Passeri Aldobrandini

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Engraving of Cinzio Aldobrandini

Cinzio Personeni Aldobrandini (1551 – 1 January 1610) was an Italian cardinal. In some documents he is known as Cinzio Passeri Aldobrandini because, after settling in Romagna, the family varied its name according to the place from which they had moved - his father Aurelio Personeni was born in Cà Personeni (frazione of Bedulita in the province of Bergamo) and later Aurelio's family moved to Cà Passero (frazione of Berbenno in the province of Bergamo); as a merchant, Aurelio moved to Senigallia, where he married.

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Cinzio was born in Senigallia, a son of Aurelio Personeni and Giulia Aldobrandini, the latter being sister to cardinal Ippolito Aldobrandini (later Pope Clement VIII). In 1565 Cinzio began his studies in letters and law at Ippolito's household in Rome. Attending Rome's Collegio Germanico, the university of Perugia and the university of Padua, he graduated as a doctor of law at Padua. Cinzio accompanied Ippolito on the legation to bring an end to the war between Poland and Germany and in 1588 was back in Rome to bring news of the legation's success to pope Sixtus V.

On 17 September 1593 the consistory named Cinzio a cardinal deacon of San Giorgio al Velabro with dispensation thanks to Ippolito's intercession to the College of Cardinals. Governor of Spoleto from 4 February 1595 until 21 February 1607, Cinzio then became prefect of the Tribunale della Segnatura Apostolica from 23 December 1599. From 1601 to 1607 he was papal legate to Avignon and he participated in the March–April and May 1605 conclaves. In 1605 he was made Major Penitentiary by pope Leo XI but suddenly resigned that office because he had still not been ordained priest - he was ordained priest later in 1605 and re-assumed the office. He was then given the titulus of San Pietro in Vincoli on 1 June 1605.

Tomb in the church S. Pietro in Vincoli, Rome

He was known for his generosity to the poor and to the arts and letters, as well as being a friend of Torquato Tasso (for some years in the papal service). Cinzio died in Rome in 1610 and was buried at San Pietro in Vincoli.

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