Girolamo di Corregio

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Girolamo di Corregio

Girolamo di Corregio (1511–1572) was an Italian Roman Catholic cardinal and bishop.


Girolamo di Corregio was born in Correggio, Emilia-Romagna in 1511, the son of Giberto X, Count of Correggio and his wife Veronica Gambara.[1] His mother was the sister of Cardinal Uberto Gambara.[1]

After studying at the University of Bologna, he moved to Rome and entered ecclesiastical life under the tutelage of his uncle Cardinal Uberto Gambara.[1] In 1545, Pope Paul III made him nuncio extraordinary to Francis I of France to express condolences for the death of Francis' son Charles II de Valois, Duke of Orléans.[1] The next year he was nuncio extraordinary before Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor.[1] He then entered the court of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese.[1] In 1551, he became minister plenipotentiary to Ottavio Farnese, Duke of Parma.[1] He was later despatched to treat with Philip II of Spain to restore Piacenza to the Duchy of Parma; because of his success, the Duke of Parma gave him castles in Medsano and Correggio.[1]

Pope Pius IV made him a cardinal deacon in the consistory of February 26, 1561; he was promoted to the order of cardinal priests on June 2, 1561.[1] He received the red hat and the titular church of San Giovanni a Porta Latina on June 3, 1561.[1] On May 5, 1562, he opted for the titular church of Santo Stefano Rotondo.[1] He participated in the papal conclave of 1565-66 that elected Pope Pius V.[1] On May 14, 1568, he opted for the titular church of San Martino ai Monti.[1]

He was elected Archbishop of Taranto on May 13, 1569.[1] On January 22, 1570, he was consecrated as a bishop in the Sistine Chapel by Cardinal Otto Truchsess von Waldburg, Prince-Bishop of Augsburg, assisted by Antonio Helius, titular patriarch of Jerusalem, and Marcantonio Maffei, Archbishop of Chieti.[1][2]

He opted for the titular church of Santa Prisca on June 9, 1570, and then for Sant'Anastasia on July 3, 1570.[1] He participated in the papal conclave of 1572 that elected Pope Gregory XIII.[1] In 1572, he was extraordinary legate responsible for fortifying Ancona against the maritime threat from the Ottoman Empire.[1]

He died in Rome on October 9, 1572.[1] He was buried in San Silvestro al Quirinale.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Entry from Biographical Dictionary of the Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church
  2. ^ "Girolamo Cardinal di Corregio" David M. Cheney. Retrieved June 9, 2017

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