Giacomo Savelli (cardinal)

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Not to be confused with Pope Honorius IV (d. 1287), who was also named Giacomo Savelli.

Giacomo Savelli (1523–1587) was an Italian Roman Catholic cardinal and bishop.


A member of the Savelli family, Giacomo Savelli was born in Rome in 1523, the son of Roman nobles Giambattista Savelli and Costanza Bentivoglio.[1] His paternal grandmother, Camilla Farnese, was a cousin of Pope Paul III.[1]

Savelli studied Latin and Greek as a young man and then attended the University of Padua to study law.[1] He joined the papal household of Pope Paul III as a chamberlain of honor.[1] He also served as a protonotary apostolic.[1]

Pope Paul III made him a cardinal deacon in the consistory of December 19, 1539.[1] He received the red hat and the deaconry of Santa Lucia in Selci on April 16, 1540.[1] On January 8, 1543, he opted for the deaconry of Santi Cosma e Damiano.[1] From April 13, 1545 to May 26, 1546, he was the administrator of the see of Teramo.[1]

He participated in the papal conclave of 1549-50 that elected Pope Julius III.[1] The new pope made Cardinal Savelli papal legate in the March of Ancona and he served in that position throughout the pontificate of Julius III.[1] He opted for the deaconry of San Nicola in Carcere on March 9, 1552.[1]

He participated in both the papal conclave of April 1555 that elected Pope Marcellus II and the papal conclave of May 1555 that elected Pope Paul IV.[1]

He was the administrator of the see of Gubbio from May 29, 1555 until February 6, 1556, when he resigned the administration in favor of his nephew Marino Savelli, bishop-elect of Nicastro.[1] Cardinal Savelli became administrator of Nicastro for a second time starting February 6, 1556, resigning sometime before January 26, 1560.[1]

On December 16, 1558, he opted for the deaconry of Santa Maria in Cosmedin.[1] In 1559, he participated in the papal conclave that elected Pope Pius IV.[1]

He was ordained as a priest on January 19, 1560, and he opted for the order of cardinal priests at that time.[1] From January 26, 1560 until May 17, 1574, he was administrator of the see of Benevento.[1] He was also the Vicar General of Rome from 1560 to 1587.[1] On June 27, 1571, he was one of three cardinals appointed by the pope to study providing assistance for the poor of Rome.[1] He participated in the papal conclave of 1565-66 that elected Pope Pius V.[1] He served as Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals from January 14, 1568 until January 14, 1569.[1] He was a participant in the papal conclave of 1572 that elected Pope Gregory XIII.[1] On April 8, 1573, he opted for the titular church of Santa Maria in Trastevere.[1]

On July 31, 1577, he opted for the order of cardinal bishops, receiving the suburbicarian see of Sabina.[1] He opted for the suburbicarian see of Porto e Santa Rufina.[1] During this period, he was the Vice-Dean of the College of Cardinals.[1]

In 1585, he attended the papal conclave that elected Pope Sixtus V.[1]

He died in Rome on December 5, 1587.[1] He was buried in the Church of the Gesù.[1]