Clarissimo Falconieri Mellini

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Chiarissimo Falconieri Mellini
Archbishop of Ravenna
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed3 July 1826
Installed21 October 1826
Term ended22 August 1859
PredecessorAntonio Codronchi
SuccessorEnrico Orfei
Other post(s)Cardinal-Priest of San Marcello (1838–59)
Ordination19 September 1818
Consecration15 August 1826
by Pope Leo XII
Created cardinal12 February 1838
by Pope Gregory XVI
Personal details
Chiarissimo Falconieri Mellini

25 September 1794
Died22 August 1859(1859-08-22) (aged 64)
Ravenna, Papal States
BuriedRavenna Cathedral
ParentsAlessandro Falconieri Mellini
Marianna Lante Montefeltro della Rovere
Alma materCollegio Romano
La Sapienza University

Chiarissimo Falconieri Mellini (25 September 1794 – 22 August 1859) was a Catholic Cardinal and Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals.[1]

Early life and priesthood[edit]

Mellini was born on 25 September 1794 in Rome, the son of Marquis Alessandro Falconieri Mellini and Marianna Lante Montefeltro della Rovere, of the dukes of Bomarzo. He was a relative of Cardinals Lelio Falconieri (1643) and Alessandro Falconieri (1724). His great-great-grandfather was Duke Ippolito Lante Montefeltro della Rovere.

He was educated at the Collegio Tolomei in Siena, the Collegio Romano in Rome and the La Sapienza University in Rome where he received a doctorate in utroque iuris (both civil and canon law) in 1824. Mellini was ordained on 19 September 1818 and was named an Auditor of the Sacred Roman Rota.

Episcopate and cardinalate[edit]

He was elected Archbishop of Ravenna and was consecrated in 1826 by Pope Leo XII.

Mellini was elevated to cardinal-priest in the consistory of 12 February 1838. He participated in the Papal Conclave of 1846 which elected Pope Pius IX and was made Secretary of Memorials in 1857. Mellini was appointed Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals in 1859.[2]


Mellini died on 22 August 1859 at Ravenna and was exposed and buried in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Ravenna.[3]

See also[edit]


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals
Succeeded by