Henri de Gondi

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Henri de Gondi

Henri de Gondi (* 1572 in Paris , † August 14, 1622 in Béziers ) was a French bishop and cardinal .


The de Gondi family originally came from Florence . He was the second child of Albert de Gondi, duc de Retz , who was made Marshal of France in 1573 , and the Baroness Claude-Catherine de Clermont-Dapierre. His brother Jean-François later became the first Archbishop of Paris . As the nephew of the Bishop of Paris Pierre de Gondi , he became his uncle's coadjutor before succeeding him as bishop in 1598. He was the uncle of Cardinal Jean-François-Paul de Gondi de Retz . He obtained a licentiate utroque iure in canonical and secular law .

On June 16, 1597 he became Bishop of Paris. He was ordained bishop on March 1, 1598 by his predecessor and uncle Cardinal Pierre de Gondi; Co- consecrators were Armand Sorbin , Bishop of Nevers , and René Potier , Bishop of Beauvais . He was a participant in the General Estates in 1614 and 1615, a member of the Privy Council and from 1619 its chairman.

Pope Paul V elevated him to cardinal priest in the consistory of March 26, 1618 , but de Gondi never traveled to Rome to receive the red hat and a titular church . Also at the 1621 conclave , when Pope Gregory XV. was elected, he did not participate.

He died in Paris and was buried in a family chapel in the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral.

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Pierre de Gondi Bishop of Paris
Jean-François de Gondi