Girolamo Ghinucci

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Girolamo Ghinucci
Coat of arms of Cardinal Girolamo Ghinucci.

Girolamo Ghinucci [1] (Siena, 1480–1541) was an Italian papal administrator, diplomat and Cardinal.

He was Secretary to Pope Julius II. He was Bishop of Worcester (the last of the Italian absentees to hold the see). He was bishop from 1522 to 1535 when he was deprived of the position by Henry VIII of England. In the same year he was made a Cardinal by Pope Paul III.

Previously, he had been bishop of Ascoli Piceno from 1512 to 1518. He was then papal nuncio in England, where Henry VIII retained him for a period as advisor,[2] and ambassador to Spain.

He was involved, with Silvester Prierias, in the papal reaction to Martin Luther after 1518.[3] He was an active participant in both the Fifth Lateran Council and the Council of Trent, and as a cardinal sat on reforming bodies.

He maintained English contacts through Richard Croke.[4]

A prominent Latin inscription commemorating him is to be seen in the north aisle of the basilica of St.Clement (to the right of the entrance to the sacristy and excavations) in Rome.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Jerome or Geronimo de Ghinucci, Hieronymus Ghinucci, Girolamo Ginucci
  2. ^ Ghinucci advised on Henry’s moves to divorce Catherine of Aragon: see Henry VIII by A. F. Pollard, online text at Gutenberg.
  3. ^ [1]: Ghinucci drafted Luther's summons to Rome.
  4. ^ Correspondence quoted at [2].

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Silvestro de' Gigli
Bishop of Worcester
1522–1535
Succeeded by
Hugh Latimer
As CofE bishop
(unrecognized by Vatican)
Succeeded by
Himself
As RC bishop
(unrecognized by Crown)
Preceded by
Himself
(recognized by both Crown and Vatican)
Bishop of Worcester
(unrecognized by Crown)

1535–1541
Succeeded by
Richard Pate