Fabrizio Paolucci

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Fabrizio Paolucci

Fabrizio Paolucci (2 April 1651 – 12 June 1726) was an Italian cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church, appointed by Pope Innocent XII.

Biography[edit]

Born at Forlì, he went to Rome at the age of eight, in 1659, to be educated by his grand-uncle, Francesco Paolucci. In 1685 he was elected bishop of Macerata and Tolentino, April 9, 1685, and later was appointed Nuncio in Cologne in 1696.

Pope Innocent XII elevated him to the rank of cardinal in the consistory of 19 December 1698, and he became archbishop of Ferrara. He became Cardinal Secretary of State during the pontificate of Pope Clement XI. On Clement's death, at the succeeding conclave of 1721, Paolucci was the strongest candidate to succeed, but was vetoed by Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor as he considered him too close to the French. Instead Michelangelo Conti was elected as Pope Innocent XIII. After the latter's death in 1724 Paolucci was again one of the leading candidates for the papacy, but again the imperial veto played its part. However, with the election of Pope Benedict XIII, he resumed the role of Secretary of State and held the position until his death.

It was Paolucci who ordered the construction of the neoclassical Palazzo Paolucci de Calboli at Forlì.

He died on 12 June 1726 at the age of 75 years.

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Renata Ago, Carriere e clientele nella Roma barocca, Rome-Bari, Laterza, 1990.
  • Miranda, Salvador. "PAOLUCCI, Fabrizio (1651-1726)". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Florida International University. OCLC 53276621.
  • Cheney, David M. "Fabrizio Cardinal Paolucci". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. Retrieved June 16, 2018. [self-published]


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Francesco Cini
Bishop of Macerata e Tolentino
1685–1698
Succeeded by
Alessandro Carlo Gaetano Varano
Preceded by
Gianantonio Davia
Apostolic Nuncio to Germany
1696–1698
Succeeded by
Orazio Filippo Spada
Preceded by
Domenico Tarugi
Archbishop (Personal Title) of Ferrara
1698–1701
Succeeded by
Taddeo Luigi dal Verme
Preceded by
Fortunato Ilario Carafa della Spina
Cardinal-Priest of Santi Giovanni e Paolo
1699–1719
Succeeded by
Nicolò Maria Lercari
Preceded by
Fabrizio Spada
Cardinal Secretary of State (first time)
3 December 1700 – 19 March 1721
Succeeded by
Giorgio Spinola
Preceded by
Leandro Colloredo
Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary
1709–1721
Succeeded by
Bernardo Maria Conti
Preceded by
Ferdinando d'Adda
Cardinal-Bishop of Albano
1719–1724
Succeeded by
Giacomo Boncompagni
Preceded by
Vicar General of Rome
1721
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Gasparo Carpegna
Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops and Regulars
1721–1724
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Firrao
Preceded by
Giorgio Spinola
Cardinal Secretary of State (second time)
6 June 1724 – 12 June 1726
Succeeded by
Niccolò Maria Lercari
Preceded by
Pietro Francesco Orsini de Gravina
Cardinal-Bishop of Porto e Santa Rufina
1724–1725
Succeeded by
Francesco Pignatelli (seniore)
Preceded by
Secretary of the Congregation for Universal Inquisition
1725–1726
Succeeded by
Pietro Ottoboni
Preceded by
Francesco del Giudice
Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia e Velletri
1725–1726
Succeeded by
Francesco Barberini (iuniore)