Benedetto Lomellini

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Benedetto Lomellini
Coat of arms of Cardinal Benedetto Lomellini

Benedetto Lomellini (1517 – 24 July, 1579) was an Italian Roman Catholic cardinal and bishop.


Benedetto Lomellini was born in Genoa in 1517, the son of a rich noble family.[1] He received a doctorate in law.[1]

He practiced as a lawyer and became a cleric in Genoa. He later moved to Rome, becoming a Referendary of the Apostolic Signatura.[1] On September 27, 1543, he became an abbreviator de parco maiori.[1] He was made a secretary apostolic on December 1, 1551.[1] The pope also made him a domestic prelate.[1] On July 27, 1562, he became a member of the Apostolic Camera.[1] He was made praefectus annonae on November 13, 1562.[1] He accompanied Cardinal Carlo Carafa during his legation to Philip II of Spain.[1]

Pope Pius IV made him a cardinal deacon in the consistory of March 12, 1565.[1] He received the red hat and the deaconry of Santa Maria in Aquiro on May 15, 1565.[1]

On July 6, 1565, he was elected Bishop of Ventimiglia.[1] He was transferred to the see of Luni-Sarzana on September 7, 1565.[1] On the same day, he opted for the titular church of Santa Sabina.[1] He was consecrated as a bishop by Cardinal Clemente d'Olera in San Pietro in Montorio on November 21, 1565.[1]

He participated in the papal conclave of 1565-66 that elected Pope Pius V.[1] The new pope named him papal legate in the Campagne and Maritime Province in 1571.[1] On March 17, 1572, he was transferred to the see of Anagni.[1] He participated in the papal conclave of 1572 that elected Pope Gregory XIII.[1]

He died in Rome on July 24, 1579.[1] He was buried in San Gregorio Magno al Celio.[1]


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