Girolamo Grimaldi-Cavalleroni

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Cardinal Girolamo Grimaldi-Cavalleroni
Cardinal's coat of arms on the Saint-Pierre-du-Marais church in Saumur

Girolamo Grimaldi-Cavalleroni , French Jérome Grimaldi-Cavalleroni (born August 20, 1597 in Genoa , † November 4, 1685 in Aix-en-Provence ) was an archbishop and cardinal of the Roman Church .


The son of Giacomo Grimaldi, a Senator from Genoa, and his wife Girolama di Agostino de Mari were sent to Rome for training. He put himself - probably with the support of his uncle Domenico Grimaldi , the Archbishop of Avignon  - in the service of the Church. In 1621 he became vice delegate of Viterbo and in 1626 after the death of Cardinal Odoardo Farnese also governor of the province. From April 26, 1628 to March 1632, he was governor of the Eternal City . As the Pope's special envoy at the court of Ferdinand II , he represented the interests of the Holy See in Vienna. In 1634 he was appointed governor of the city of Perugia and the Duchy of Urbino .

On February 25, 1641 he was appointed titular archbishop of Seleucia in Isauria and in the same year apostolic nuncio in France . The Nuncio in Spain Archbishop Fausto Poli donated him episcopal ordination on March 3 of the same year ; Co- consecrators were Alphonse Sacratti , Bishop of Comacchio , and Sigismondo Taddei , Bishop of Bitetto .

On July 13, 1643, Pope Urban VIII accepted him as a cardinal priest with the titular church of Sant'Eusebio in the college of cardinals . Pope Innocent X appointed him Archbishop of Aix-en-Provence in 1648 , a position he held until his death on November 4, 1685. On January 28, 1675 he was raised to cardinal bishop of the suburbicarian diocese of Albano .

The cardinal died in Aix-en-Provence at the age of 88 and was buried in the cathedral of Aix-en-Provence .


His political intrigues and his meteoric rise have led him to be considered an alter ego of Jules Mazarin . Ironically, he never achieved Mazarin's political power and fame, despite being Mazarin's main consecrator. Grimaldi was a patron of the French theologian, writer and priest Jean Cabassut , who accompanied him to Rome, and it was Grimaldi who helped Cabassut develop his work Notitia Conciliorum, and in 1680 it was titled Notitia Ecclesiastica historiarum, Conciliorum et canonum invicem to publish collatorum .

Grimaldi is now considered a strong advocate of the interests of France. He is said to have administered his archdiocese well. During his twenty-year tenure as Archbishop, he built an episcopal palace in the city of Puyricard at an enormous expense, which is now known as Château Grimaldi .


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