Giuseppe Milesi Pironi Ferretti

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Giuseppe Milesi Pironi Ferretti (9 March 1817 – 2 August 1873) was an Italian Catholic cardinal and politician of the Holy See.

Early life and career[edit]

Ferretti was born on 9 March 1817 in Ancona and was educated there until he joined the Pontifical Academy of Ecclesiastical Nobles. He was ordained in 1842.[1]

He was appointed Catholic Church governor of Ascoli, then Civitavecchia and finally Macerata. He served as pro-legate in both Urbino and Forlì until his appointment as minister of Commerce, Fine Arts and Public Works of the Papal States in 1854.[2]


Ferretti was elevated to cardinal on 15 March 1858 and served as cardinal at the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli from his elevation to his appointment as cardinal-bishop.

He was promoted to the position of "president of the Supreme Council of Commerce and Public Works". He served as camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals from 1869 to 1870 and participated in the First Vatican Council.

He served as cardinal bishop of Sabina and bishop of Porto-Santa Rufina from 1870 until his death in 1873.[3]


  1. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: Giuseppe Cardinal Milesi Pironi Ferretti
  2. ^ S. Miranda: Milesi Pironi Ferretti, Giuseppe
  3. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: Suburbicarian See of Porto-Santa Rufina
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Francesco Gaude
Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria in Aracoeli
1858 – 1870
Succeeded by
Maximilian Joseph von Tarnóczy
Preceded by
Karl-August von Reisach
Cardinal Bishop of Sabina
1870 – 1873
Succeeded by
Luigi Bilio
Preceded by
Alessandro Barnabò
Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals
1869 – 1870
Succeeded by
Piero di Silvestri