Born at Bologna, he served as superintendent general of the Papal States (Cardinal-Nephew) during his pontificate (1572–85). He occupied several curial offices (grand penitentiary, prefect of the S.C. of the Tridentine Council). He participated in the papal conclave, 1585 as a leader of the cardinals created by Gregory XIII. He was buried in the Liberian Basilica, of which he was archpriest.
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