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Ciriaco Rocci

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Ciriaco Rocci
ChurchCatholic Church
SeeTitular Bishop of Patras
Appointed29 May 1628
Term ended25 September 1651
Other post(s)Apostolic Nuncio to Switzerland, Nuncio to Holy Roman Empire
Consecration2 July 1628 (Bishop)
by Giulio Cesare Sacchetti
Created cardinal18 May 1630
by Urban VIII
Personal details
BornAugust 8, 1582
DiedSeptember 25, 1651(1651-09-25) (aged 69)
BuriedSanta Maria in Monserrato, Roma

Ciriaco Rocci (August 8, 1582 – September 25, 1651) was an Italian Catholic Cardinal and papal Apostolic Nuncio to Switzerland and Holy Roman Empire.


Rocci was born on 8 August 1582 in Rome and studied law before entering the service of the church.[1]

In 1628 he was appointed Latin Archbishop of Patras, consecrated bishop on 2 July 1628 by Cardinal Giulio Cesare Sacchetti and sent to Switzerland by Pope Urban VIII as an Apostolic Nuncio. In 1629 he returned to Rome and was elevated to cardinal in pectore. That same year, Rocci came into possession of one part of the Villa Muti which had been divided upon the death of his uncle (on his mother's side) Cardinal Pompeo Arrigoni.

His elevation to cardinal was not revealed until 1633, prior to which he was appointed as nuncio to Holy Roman Empire. After revelation of his cardinalate, he returned to Rome and was appointed Cardinal-Priest of San Salvatore in Lauro.[2]

He served as Cardinal Legate (the governor of the province) of Ferrara between 1637 and 1640.[3] He participated in the Papal conclave of 1644 which elected Pope Innocent X and between 1646 and 1647 he was appointed Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals.

Rocci died in Rome on 25 September 1651.

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  1. ^ Miranda, Salvador. "ROCCI, Ciriaco (1581-1651)". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Florida International University. OCLC 53276621.
  2. ^ a b "Ciriaco Cardinal Rocci" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved October 7, 2017
  3. ^ Paliotto, Lorenzo (2006). Ferrara nel Seicento : quotidianità tra potere legatizio e governo pastorale. Vol. 1. Ferrara: Cartografica. pp. 96–97.

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