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Carlo Pio di Savoia (7 April 1622 – 13 February 1689) was an Italian Catholic Cardinal of the Pio di Savoia family. He was the nephew of Cardinal Carlo Emanuele Pio di Savoia.

Most Reverend

Carlo Pio di Savoia
Carlo Pio di Savoia.jpg
ChurchCatholic Church
Consecration5 Sep 1655
by Giambattista Spada
Personal details
Born7 April 1622
Died13 February 1689 (age 66)


Early lifeEdit

Pio was born 7 April 1622, the son of Ascanio Pio di Savoia and Eleonora Mattei.

At age 17, Pio went to Rome and then travelled throughout Europe until 1641. Thereafter he joined the army of the Duke of Ferrara as a colonel but was captured by the Florentines in Moncessino. He was released at the end of the war and was appointed treasurer-general of the Apostolic Chamber in 1650. Two years later he bought a position (as was the custom) as personal treasurer to Pope Innocent X.[1]

Ecclesiastic careerEdit

On 2 March 1654 he was elevated to cardinal by Pope Innocent and was appointed Cardinal-deacon of the church of Santa Maria in Domnica. Over the subsequent two decades he was appointed to various churches as Cardinal-deacon and Cardinal-priest including:[2]

Between 1673 and his death in 1689, he served as Cardinal-protector of Austria.


  1. ^ Cardinal Carlo Pio di Savoia by S. Miranda (Florida International University, last updated June 2013)[self-published source]
  2. ^ Carlo Cardinal Pio di Savoia by David M. Cheney (Catholic Hierarchy, last updated May 2013).[self-published source]


  • Baroni, Pier Giovanni (1969). Un cardinale del Seicento: Carlo Emanuele Pio di Savoia (in Italian). Bologna: Ponte nuovo.
  • Cardella, Lorenzo (1793). Memorie storiche de'cardinali della santa Romana chiesa (in Italian). Vol. VII. Roma: Pagliarini. pp. 115–118.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Lorenzo Raggi
Cardinal-Deacon of Santa Maria in Domnica
Succeeded by
Sigismondo Chigi
Preceded by
Francesco Maria Macchiavelli
Bishop of Ferrara
Succeeded by
Giovanni Stefano Donghi
Preceded by
Lorenzo Raggi
Cardinal-Deacon of Sant'Eustachio
Succeeded by
Friedrich von Hessen-Darmstadt
Preceded by
Giulio Gabrielli
Cardinal-Priest of Santa Prisca
Succeeded by
Alessandro Crescenzi
Preceded by
Giambattista Spada
Cardinal-Priest of San Crisogono
Succeeded by
Paluzzo Paluzzi Altieri Degli Albertoni
Preceded by
Francesco Albizzi
Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria in Trastevere
Succeeded by
Decio Azzolini (iuniore)
Preceded by
Pietro Vito Ottoboni
Cardinal-Bishop of Sabina
Succeeded by
Paluzzo Paluzzi Altieri Degli Albertoni