Costantino Patrizi Naro

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Costantino Patrizi Naro
Dean of the College of Cardinals
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed8 October 1870
Term ended17 December 1876
PredecessorMario Mattei
SuccessorLuigi Amat di San Filippo e Sorso
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Ordination16 June 1819 by Carlo Odescalchi
Consecration21 December 1828
by Carlo Odescalchi
Created cardinal23 June 1834 (in pectore)
11 July 1836 (revealed)
by Pope Gregory XVI
RankCardinal-Priest (1836–49)
Cardinal-Bishop (1849–76)
Personal details
Costantino Patrizi Naro

4 September 1798
Died17 December 1876(1876-12-17) (aged 78)
Rome, Kingdom of Italy
BuriedBasilica of Saint John Lateran (since 1902)
ParentsMarquis Giovanni Patrizi-Naro and Cunegunda von der Lausitz
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Costantino Patrizi Naro JUD (4 September 1798 – 17 December 1876) was a long-serving Italian Cardinal who became Dean of the College of Cardinals. Cardinal Benedetto Naro was his great-uncle.


Born in Siena, Naro was educated in the Collegio dei Protonotari, at Rome. He studied for and was awarded a doctorate in utroque iure. He was ordained in 1819. He worked as a judge (auditor) of the Roman Rota.

He was appointed titular archbishop of Philippi on 15 December 1828 by Pope Leo XII. He was consecrated on 21 December by Cardinal Carlo Odescalchi, assisted by Lorenzo Mattei, and by Paolo Agosto Foscolo. He was appointed Nuncio to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany on 16 January 1829. He remained in Tuscany until he was appointed as Prefect of the Apostolic Palace on 2 July 1832 by Pope Gregory XVI.

He was created cardinal, but only in pectore, in the consistory of 23 June 1834 and publicly proclaimed on 11 July 1836, becoming Cardinal-Priest of San Silvestro in Capite. He was appointed Prefect of the Sacred Congregation of Bishops and Regulars on 6 July 1839. He was archpriest of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, from 1845 to 1867. He participated in the conclave of 1846 that elected Pope Pius IX. He opted for the order of bishops, taking the suburbicarian see of Albano, on 20 April 1849. In 1858 he and King Ferdinand II reiterated a petition to the Pope for the authorization of the worship of the Seven Archangels.[1] Pope Pius IX. appointed him as Secretary of the Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition in 1860. He served as Archpriest of the patriarchal Lateran basilica, from 1867 until his death. He also served as Dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals from 1870 until his death in 1876.


  1. ^ Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (May 10, 2021). Worship of Planetary Spirits is idolatrous Astrolatry: Divine Astrology is for Initiates; superstitious Astrolatry for the masses. Philaletheians UK. p. 15. Again, in 1858, Cardinal Patrizi and King Ferdinand II in the name of all the people of Italy reiterated their petition... See also Internet Archive versione (p. 32)

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Giovanni Marazzani Visconti
Prefect of the Apostolic Palace
2 July 1832 – 6 July 1839
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Giuseppe Sala
Prefect of the Sacred Congregation of Bishops and Regulars
6 July 1839 – 22 December 1841
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Luigi del Drago
Archpriest of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
24 May 1845 – 21 September 1867
Succeeded by
Preceded by Cardinal-Bishop of Albano
20 April 1849 – 17 December 1860
Succeeded by
Preceded by Secretary of the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition
10 October 1860 – 17 December 1876
Succeeded by
Preceded by Cardinal-Bishop of Porto e Santa Rufina
17 December 1860 – 8 October 1870
Succeeded by
Preceded by Archpriest of the Basilica of St. John Lateran
21 September 1867 – 17 December 1876
Succeeded by
Flavio Chigi
Preceded by Cardinal-Bishop of Osta e Velletri
Dean of the College of Cardinals

8 October 1870 – 17 December 1876
Succeeded by

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