Gianantonio Capizucchi

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Gianantonio Capizucchi (24 October 1515 – 28 January 1569) was an Italian Roman Catholic cardinal and bishop.[1]


Gianantonio Capizucchi was born in Rome on October 24, 1515.[2] He was a doctor of both laws, [2] and belonged to the noble Roman Capizucchi family.

On August 28, 1539, he became a canon of the cathedral chapter of St. Peter's Basilica.[2] He became a Referendary of the Apostolic Signatura on June 1, 1549.[2] He later served as an auditor at the Apostolic Palace.[2]

Pope Paul IV made him a cardinal priest in the consistory of December 20, 1555.[2] He received the red hat and the titular church of San Pancrazio on January 13, 1556.[2]

On July 5, 1557, he was elected Bishop of Lodi.[2] He was consecrated as a bishop in Rome on December 21, 1557 by Giovanni Giacomo Barba, Bishop of Terni.[2]

He participated in the papal conclave of 1559 that elected Pope Pius IV.[2] He opted for the titular church of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme on July 6, 1562, and then for San Clemente on November 7, 1565.[2] He was a participant of the papal conclave of 1565-66 that elected Pope Pius V.[2] Cardinal Capizucchi served as Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals from January 13, 1567 to January 14, 1568.[2] On December 1, 1568, he became Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura.[2] He also served as a member of the Holy Office.[2]

He died in Rome on January 28, 1569.[2] He was buried in his titular church.[2]

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  1. ^ "Gianantonio Cardinal Capizucchi".
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Entry from Biographical Dictionary of the Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church