Gianantonio Capizucchi

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Gianantonio Capizucchi (24 October 1515 – 28 January 1569) was an Italian Roman Catholic cardinal and bishop.


Gianantonio Capizucchi was born in Rome on October 24, 1515.[1] He was a doctor of both laws, [1] and belonged to the noble Roman Capizucchi family.

On August 28, 1539, he became a canon of the cathedral chapter of St. Peter's Basilica.[1] He became a Referendary of the Apostolic Signatura on June 1, 1549.[1] He later served as an auditor at the Apostolic Palace.[1]

Pope Paul IV made him a cardinal priest in the consistory of December 20, 1555.[1] He received the red hat and the titular church of San Pancrazio on January 13, 1556.[1]

On July 5, 1557, he was elected Bishop of Lodi.[1] He was consecrated as a bishop in Rome on December 21, 1557 by Giovanni Giacomo Barba, Bishop of Terni.[1]

He participated in the papal conclave of 1559 that elected Pope Pius IV.[1] He opted for the titular church of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme on July 6, 1562, and then for San Clemente on November 7, 1565.[1] He was a participant of the papal conclave of 1565-66 that elected Pope Pius V.[1] Cardinal Capizucchi served as Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals from January 13, 1567 to January 14, 1568.[1] On December 1, 1568, he became Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura.[1] He also served as a member of the Holy Office.[1]

He died in Rome on January 28, 1569.[1] He was buried in his titular church.[1]

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