Filippo Sega

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Filippo Sega

Filippo Sega (1537–1596) was a Catholic bishop from 1575 to 1596 and a cardinal from 1591 to 1596.


Filippo Sega was born in Bologna on August 22, 1537, the son of a noble family originally from Ravenna.[1] His sister, born Isabella Sega, was the mother of Cardinal Girolamo Agucchi and the diplomat Bishop Giovanni Battista Agucchi,[1] who worked under Sega at the start of his career.

He was educated at the University of Bologna, where he became a doctor of both laws on September 26, 1560.[1]

After completing his doctorate, he became a protonotary apostolic.[1] He was named governor of Cesena on September 20, 1566; governor of Forlì on January 24, 1569; governor of Imola on March 3, 1571; of Romagna on December 15, 1572; and of the March of Ancona on January 1, 1575.[1]

On May 20, 1575, the cathedral chapter of Ripatransone elected him to be Bishop of Ripatransone.[1] He was consecrated as a bishop by Gabriele del Monte, Bishop of Iesi, in Osimo Cathedral on June 29, 1575.[1]

In 1577, he was sent as a special envoy to John of Austria in the County of Flanders.[1] He served as extraordinary nuncio to Flanders and Apostolic Nuncio to Spain from January 18, 1586 until May 28, 1587.[1] In 1589, after the assassination of Henry III of France, he accompanied Cardinal Enrico Caetani, papal legate a latere, to the Kingdom of France.[1]

In the consistory of December 18, 1591, Pope Innocent IX named him a cardinal priest.[1] He was the papal legate to France from 1591 to 1594.[1] He did not participate in the papal conclave of 1592 that elected Pope Clement VIII.[1] He received the red hat and the titular church of Sant'Onofrio on December 5, 1594.[1] He became president of the Congregatio Germanica in 1595.[1]

He died on May 29, 1596 and is buried in the Oratory of Santissimo Crocifisso.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Biography from the Biographical Dictionary of the Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church