Pier Paolo Crescenzi

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Pier Paolo Crescenzi (1572 – 19 February 1645) was an Italian Catholic cardinal.

Crescenzi was born in 1572, the son of Virgilio Crescenzi, Baron of Montorio[disambiguation needed], and Costanza, of the Marquises of Drago[disambiguation needed]. He was the brother of artist Giovanni Battista Crescenzi.[1] He was educated at the University of Perugia and earned a doctorate in utroque iure (Civil and Canon Law).[2]

Very little is known about Crescenzi's early life, but on 17 August 1611 he was elevated to cardinal[3] and installed as Cardinal-Priest of Ss. Nereo ed Achilleo. In 1612, he was appointed Bishop of Rieti and, in 1621, Bishop of Orvieto. In 1629, he was appointed Cardinal-Bishop of Palestrina, where he served for 12 years until being appointed Cardinal-Bishop of Porto-Santa Rufina in 1641. In 1644, he was made Vice-Dean of the College of Cardinals and helped to preside over the Papal conclave of 1644, but died several months later on 19 February 1645.


  1. ^ Lilian H. Zirpolo (2005), Ave Papa/Ave Papabile: the Sacchetti family, their art patronage, and political aspirations.[page needed]
  2. ^ S. Miranda: Pier Paolo Crescenzi
  3. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: Pier Paolo Cardinal Crescenzi
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Marcello Lante della Rovere
Cardinal-Bishop of Palestrina
1629 - 1641
Succeeded by
Guido Bentivoglio
Preceded by
Marcello Lante della Rovere
Cardinal-Bishop of Porto-Santa Rufina
1641 - 1645
Succeeded by
Francesco Cennini de' Salamandri