Federico Cesi (cardinal)

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Federico Cesi (born July 2, 1500 in Rome , † January 28, 1565 ibid) was an Italian clergyman, bishop and cardinal of the Roman Church .


He was the son of the Roman nobleman Angelo Cesi and his wife Francesca (or Franceschina) Cardoli. His older brother Paolo Emilio Cesi became a cardinal as early as 1517. He was also related to the cardinals Pierdonato Cesi seniore , Bartolomeo Cesi and Pierdonato Cesi iuniore . Federico Cesi studied in Rome law and worked as a lawyer and then became a priest .

On June 12, 1523 he was  appointed Bishop of Todi - with dispensation from the canonical age . He was ordained episcopate on September 22, 1538 in Rome by the Bishop of Bovino , Alfonso Oliva , sacristan of the Apostolic Palace ; Co- consecrators were Cristofor Spiriti , Bishop of Cesena , and Baldo Ferratini , Bishop of Lipari . Federico Cesi soon became a cleric in the Apostolic Chamber .

Pope Paul III created him in the consistory of December 19, 1544 as cardinal priest . Federico Cesi received the red hat and the titular church of San Pancrazio on January 9, 1545. On March 11, 1545 he renounced the episcopate in Todi and was 1549-1552 administrator of Caserta . Cardinal Cesi was a participant in the conclave 1549-1550 , the Pope Julius III. chose. He opted for the titular church of Santa Prisca on February 28, 1550 . He was also the administrator of Vulturara e Montecorvino (1550–1551) and Cremona (1551–1560). From January 7, 1555 to January 10, 1556 was chamberlain of the Holy College of Cardinals . He was a participant in the first conclave of 1555 , which ended with the election of Pope Marcellus II . He also took part in the second conclave of the same year , from which Paul IV emerged as Pope.

He opted on September 20, 1557 for the cardinal class of the cardinal bishops and for the suburbicarian diocese of Palestrina . He took part in the 1559 conclave , from which Pius IV emerged as Pope. On May 18, 1562 he opted for the suburbicarian diocese of Frascati and on May 12, 1564 for the diocese of Porto e Santa Rufina and was subdean of the Holy Cardinals College .

Federico Cesi was buried in the church of Santa Caterina de 'Funari ; later his body was transferred to the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore .


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predecessor Office successor
Francesco Pisani Cardinal Bishop of Porto e Santa Rufina
Giovanni Girolamo Morone
Francesco Pisani Cardinal Bishop of Frascati
Giovanni Girolamo Morone
Francois Louis de Bourbon de Vendome Cardinal Bishop of Palestrina
Giovanni Girolamo Morone
Paolo Emilio Cesi Bishop of Todi
Giovanni Andrea Cesi