Girolamo Ghinucci

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His Eminence
Girolamo Ghinucci
Cardinal Bishop of Worcester
Church Roman Catholic
Diocese Worcester
Appointed 26 September 1522
In office 1522-1541
Predecessor Silvestro de' Gigli
Successor Hugh Latimer
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of San Clemente
Administrator of Tropea
Created Cardinal 21 May 1535
by Paul III
Rank Cardinal Priest
Personal details
Born 1480
Siena, Republic of Siena
Died 3 July 1541
Nationality Italian
Previous post Bishop of Ascoli Piceno (1512-1518)
Administrator of Malta (1523-1530)
Administrator of Cavaillon (1537-1540)
Coat of arms Girolamo Ghinucci's coat of arms

Girolamo Ghinucci [1] (1480 in Siena – 1541) was an Italian papal administrator, diplomat and Cardinal.

He was Secretary to Pope Julius II. He was Bishop of Worcester (the last of the Italian absentees to hold the see). He was bishop from 1522 to 1535 when he was deprived of the position by Henry VIII of England. In the same year he was made a Cardinal by Pope Paul III.

Previously, he had been bishop of Ascoli Piceno from 1512 to 1518. He was then papal nuncio in England, where Henry VIII retained him for a period as advisor,[2] and ambassador to Spain. He also served as Bishop Administrator of the Diocese of Malta from 1523 to 1538.

He was involved, with Silvester Prierias, in the papal reaction to Martin Luther after 1518.[3] He was an active participant in both the Fifth Lateran Council and the Council of Trent, and as a cardinal sat on reforming bodies.

He maintained English contacts through Richard Croke.[4]

A prominent Latin inscription commemorating him is to be seen in the north aisle of the basilica of St.Clement (to the right of the entrance to the sacristy and excavations) in Rome.


  1. ^ Jerome or Geronimo de Ghinucci, Hieronymus Ghinucci, Girolamo Ginucci
  2. ^ Ghinucci advised on Henry’s moves to divorce Catherine of Aragon: see Henry VIII by A. F. Pollard, online text at Gutenberg.
  3. ^ [1]: Ghinucci drafted Luther's summons to Rome.
  4. ^ Correspondence quoted at [2].

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Silvestro de' Gigli
Bishop of Worcester
Succeeded by
Hugh Latimer
As CofE bishop
(unrecognized by Vatican)
Succeeded by
As RC bishop
(unrecognized by Crown)
Preceded by
(recognized by both Crown and Vatican)
Bishop of Worcester
(unrecognized by Crown)

Succeeded by
Richard Pate