Christopher Numar of Forli

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Christopher Numar of Forli (date of birth uncertain; d. at Ancona, 23 March 1528) was an Italian Franciscan, who became Minister general of the Friars Minor and cardinal.

Cristoforo Numai
Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli
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Christopher Numar of Forli
ChurchCatholic Church
Orders
Consecration5 Jul 1523
by Pope Hadrian VI
Personal details
BornForli, Italy
Died23 Mar 1528

LifeEdit

In his youth he studied at Bologna and, after joining the Friars Minor, was sent to complete his studies at Paris. In 1507 he was elected vicar provincial of his order at Bologna, in 1514 vicar general of the Cismontane Franciscan families, and in 1517 he became minister general of the whole order of Friars Minor. Less than a month later he was raised, in spite of his protests, to the cardinalate by Pope Leo X, who in presence of the Sacred College paid a splendid tribute to Christopher's great learning and prudence and to his still greater holiness of life.

In 1520 he became Bishop of Alatri[1] and Bishop of Isernia in Italy, and in 1526 Bishop of Riez in Provence. He subsequently fulfilled the office of Apostolic legate to the King of France, and later became Apostolic nuncio and commissary for the construction of the Vatican Basilica, being then invested with the temporal dominion of Bertinoro.

During the Sack of Rome (1527) by the soldiers of the Duke of Bourbon, Christopher suffered many hardships and insults, on account of which he received letters of condolence from Pope Clement VII, Francis I of France, and Henry VIII of England. He took refuge in Ancona, but died the next year as a consequence of the inflicted injuries. His remains were transferred back from Ancona to Rome, and placed in the Church of Ara Coeli.

WorksEdit

Besides an "Exhortatio ad Galliarum regem Franciscum I in Turcas" and a number of letters addressed to that king and the other rulers concerning the liberation of Clement VII, Christopher is said by Luke Wadding and others to have written several treatises on theological and ascetical questions, all of which appear to have perished during the sacking of Rome.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Eubel, Konrad (1923). Hierarchia catholica medii et recentioris aevi. Vol. III (second ed.). Münster: Libreria Regensbergiana. p. 99. |volume= has extra text (help) (in Latin)

SourcesEdit

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Graziano Santucci
Administrator of Alatri
1517–1528
Succeeded by
Filippo Ercolani
Preceded by
Superior General of Order of Observant Friars Minor
1517–1518
Succeeded by
Francisco de Quiñones
Preceded by
Cardinal-Priest of San Matteo in Merulana
1517
Succeeded by
Egidio da Viterbo
Preceded by
Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli
1517–1528
Succeeded by
Francisco Mendoza Bobadilla
Preceded by
Massimo Bruni Corvino
Bishop of Isernia
1523–1524
Succeeded by
Antonio Numai
Preceded by
Thomas Lascaris de Tenda
Administrator of Riez
1526–1527
Succeeded by
François de Dinteville

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Missing or empty |title= (help)