Roberto de' Nobili

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Not to be confused with Jesuit missionary Roberto de Nobili (1577-1656).
Roberto de' Nobili

Roberto de' Nobili (1541–1559) was a grand-nephew of Pope Julius III made a Roman Catholic cardinal at the age of twelve.

Biography[edit]

Roberto de' Nobili was born in on September 17, 1541, the son of Vincenzo de' Nobili, count of Civitella, and Maddalena Barbolani, of the counts of Montatoobili.[1] His mother was the niece of Pope Julius III.[1] His family moved to Rome in 1550 when Pope Julius III was elected.[1]

The boy was tutored by Giulio Poggiano, Ottavio Pantagato, and Girolamo Ponzio, and by age ten was fluent in Latin and Ancient Greek.[1] He also studied philosophy, literature, and the Scriptures.[1]

Pope Julius III made him a cardinal deacon in the consistory of December 22, 1553 when he was twelve years old.[1] He received the red hat and the deaconry of Santa Maria in Domnica on February 6, 1555.[1]

He was a participant in both the papal conclave of April 1555 that elected Pope Marcellus II and the papal conclave of May 1555 that elected Pope Paul IV.[1]

Pope Paul IV made him librarian of the Holy Roman Church.[1] He considered resigning the cardinalate on several occasions, hoping to join the Society of Jesus or the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, but was dissuaded from doing so by his confessor, the Spanish Jesuit Juan de Polanco.[1]

He died in Rome on January 18, 1559.[1] He was buried in San Pietro in Montorio and his entrails were buried in San Bernardo alle Terme.[1]

References[edit]

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