Federico Gonzaga (cardinal)

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Not to be confused with his father Federico II Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua (1500-40).

Federico Gonzaga (1540–February 21, 1565) (called the Cardinal of Monferrato) was an Italian Roman Catholic cardinal and bishop.

Portrait of Cardinal Federico Gonzaga.


A member of the House of Gonzaga, Federico Gonzaga was born in Mantua in 1540.[1] He was the posthumous son of Federico II Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua.[1] His mother was Margaret Paleologa.[1] He was the nephew of Cardinal Ercole Gonzaga.[1] He was educated at the University of Bologna.[1]

Pope Pius IV made him a cardinal priest in the consistory of January 6, 1563.[1] He received the red hat and the titular church of Santa Maria Nova (a deaconry raised pro illa vice to the status of title) on March 4, 1563.[1]

On June 4, 1563, he became administrator of the Diocese of Mantua, with dispensation for not having reached the canonical age.[1] He was the papal legate in Mantua in 1564.[1] He was granted the title of Bishop of Mantua on October 16, 1564, but never received consecration as a bishop.[1]

He died in Mantua on February 21, 1565.[1] He was buried in Mantua Cathedral.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Entry from Biographical Dictionary of the Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church