Roberto de' Nobili
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- Not to be confused with Jesuit missionary Roberto de Nobili (1577-1656).
Roberto de' Nobili was born in Montepulciano on 17 September 1541, the son of Vincenzo de' Nobili, count of Civitella, and Maddalena Barbolani, of the counts of Montatoobili. His mother was the niece of Pope Julius III. His family moved to Rome in 1550 when Pope Julius III was elected.
Pope Julius III made him a cardinal deacon in the consistory of 22 December 1553, when he was twelve years old. He received the red hat and the deaconry of Santa Maria in Domnica on 6 February 1555.
Pope Paul IV made him librarian of the Holy Roman Church. He considered resigning the cardinalate on several occasions, hoping to join the Society of Jesus or the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, but was dissuaded from doing so by his confessor, the Spanish Jesuit Juan de Polanco.