Virgilio Rosario

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Virgilio Rosario
Cardinal-Priest of San Simeone Profeta
Bishop of Ischia
ChurchCatholic Church
In office1557-1559
PredecessorGiacomo Puteo
SuccessorBernardo Salviati
Consecration24 February 1555
by Giovanni Michele Saraceni
Created cardinal24 March 1557
by Pope Paul IV
Personal details
Died22 May 1559
Previous post(s)Bishop of Ischia (1555-1559)

Virgilio Rosario (1499 – 22 May 1559) was an Italian Roman Catholic bishop and cardinal.


Virgilio Rosario was born in Spoleto in 1499. He became a doctor of both laws.[1] He was ordained as a priest and became rector of a parish.[1] He then moved to Rome, becoming a canon of Sancta Maria at Martyres (i.e. the Pantheon, which was consecrated as a church in 609 AD).[1]

On 27 August 1554 he was elected during the papacy of Pope Julius III as Bishop of Ischia.[1][2][3] He was consecrated as a bishop on 24 February 1555 in the Sistine Chapel by Cardinal Giovanni Michele Saraceni with Ascanio Ferrari, Bishop Emeritus of Montepeloso and Fabio Mirto Frangipani, Bishop of Caiazzo, serving as co-consecrators.[1][3]

Pope Paul IV made him a cardinal priest in the consistory of 15 March 1557.[4] He received the red hat and the titular church of San Simone Profeta on 24 March 1557.[1] He was named Vicar General of Rome perpetuo in 1558, holding this position until his death.[1] He was a member of the commission of four cardinals charged with judging the case of Cardinal Giovanni Morone.[1]

He died suddenly in the Apostolic Palace in Rome on 22 May 1559.[1] He was buried in Santa Maria sopra Minerva.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Miranda, Salvador. "ROSARIO, Virgilio (1499-1559)". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Florida International University. OCLC 53276621. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  2. ^ Eubel, Konrad (1923). Hierarchia catholica medii et recentioris aevi. Vol. III (second ed.). Münster: Libreria Regensbergiana. p. 214. (in Latin)
  3. ^ a b Cheney, David M. "Virgilio Cardinal Rosario". Retrieved June 16, 2018. [self-published]
  4. ^ Eubel III, p. 35, no. 12.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Ischia
Succeeded by
Preceded by Cardinal-Priest of San Simeone Profeta
Succeeded by