Open main menu

Cesare Facchinetti (17 September 1608 – 30 January 1683) was an Italian Catholic Cardinal.

Cesare Facchinetti
Cardinal Bishop of Ostia e Velletri
Cesare Facchinetti.jpeg
ChurchCatholic Church
PredecessorFrancesco Barberini
SuccessorNiccolò Albergati-Ludovisi
Consecration9 October 1639
by Diego Castejón Fonseca
Created cardinal31 August 1643
RankCardinal Priest
Personal details
Born9 October 1639
Bologna, Papal States
Died30 January 1683 (age 74)


Early lifeEdit

Facchinetti was born 17 September 1608 in Bologna. He was the son of Ludovico Facchinetti (2nd Marquis of Vianino), Senator of Bologna, Ambassador of Bologna to the Holy See) and Violante da Correggio (Countess of Coenzo).[1] He was the great-grand-nephew of Gian Facchinetti, who took the papal throne in 1591 as Pope Innocent IX.

Ecclesiastic careerEdit

He went to Rome in 1632 and became Referendary of the Tribunals of the Apostolic Signatura. Thereafter he was sent to Spain as an apostolic nuncio. Upon his return, he was elevated to Cardinal on 13 July 1643 by Pope Urban VIII[2] and was installed as Cardinal-Priest at the Santi Quattro Coronati basilica.

Facchinetti was popular with the other cardinals of the college and there was discussion, according to contemporary John Bargrave,[3] that he might be considered papabile - that is, appropriate for election as pope. This did not eventuate, though he remained popular with the Spanish faction within the college and the French faction had no considerable objection to him.

As a result of his popularity, his family members were appointed to various military and administrative positions. His brother, for example, was appointed as commander of the militia by Pope Innocent X during the second War of Castro.[3]

In 1671 he was appointed Cardinal-Priest at San Lorenzo in Lucina, in 1672 at Cardinal-Bishop of Palestrina and in 1679 Cardinal-Bishop of Porto e S. Rufina. At the death of Francesco Barberini (10 December 1679) he became Dean of the College of Cardinals and in the consistory of 8 January 1680 Innocent XI appointed him Bishop of Ostia e Velletri, Secretary of the Roman Inquisition and administrator of the Apostolic Chancery, positions he held until his death.

Facchinetti participated in every papal conclave between 1644 and 1676 including 1644, 1655, 1667, 1669–1670 and 1676.

He died 30 January 1683 in Rome.

Episcopal successionEdit


  1. ^ S. Miranda: Facchinetti
  2. ^ a b c "Cesare Cardinal Facchinetti" David M. Cheney. Retrieved June 24, 2017
  3. ^ a b Pope Alexander the Seventh and the College of Cardinals by John Bargrave, edited by James Craigie Robertson (reprint; 2009)
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bernardino Spada
Titular Archbishop of Tamiathis
Succeeded by
Neri Corsini
Preceded by
Lorenzo Campeggi
Apostolic Nuncio to Spain
Succeeded by
Giovanni Giacomo Panciroli
Preceded by
Lorenzo Campeggi
Archbishop (Personal Title) of Senigallia
Succeeded by
Francesco Cherubini
Preceded by
Lorenzo Castrucci
Archbishop (Personal Title) of Spoleto
Succeeded by
Ludovicus Sciamanna
Preceded by
Rinaldo d'Este
Cardinal-Bishop of Palestrina
Succeeded by
Alderano Cybo
Preceded by
Ulderico Carpegna
Bishop of Porto e Santa Rufina
Succeeded by
Carlo Rossetti
Preceded by
Francesco Barberini
Bishop of Ostia
Succeeded by
Niccolò Albergati-Ludovisi
Preceded by
Francesco Barberini
Dean of the College of Cardinals
Succeeded by
Niccolò Albergati-Ludovisi