Bernhard of Cles

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Cardinal Bernhardus Clesius, after Bartholomäus Bruyn the Elder
Cardinal coat of arms of Bernhardus Clesius, Bishop of Trento (printed 1539)

Bernard of Cles ( Italian Bernardo Clesio ) (* 11. March 1485 in Castel Cles (Castle Glöß) in Cles , † the 30th July 1539 in Brixen) was a bishop and cardinal of the Catholic Church and from 1527 to 1539 President of the Council secrecy under Ferdinand I , who was elected King of the Holy Roman Empire in 1531 .


Bernhard came from a noble family from Trento. He studied law in Verona and Bologna and was then in the diplomatic service of the Diocese of Trento. On August 25, 1514, Cles became Bishop of Trent , was ordained a priest on September 8, 1515 and was ordained episcopal on September 11, 1515. Pope Clement VII elevated him to cardinal on March 9, 1530 and appointed him cardinal priest of the titular church of S. Stefano al Monte Celio on May 16, 1530 . On May 21, 1539 he became apostolic administrator of the Principality of Brixen .


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predecessor Office successor
George III by Neideck Bishop of Trent
1514 - 1539
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