Francesco Sacrati (cardinal)

Francesco Sacrati (1567 – September 6, 1623) was a Roman Catholic prelate who served as Archbishop (Personal Title) of Cesena (1622–1623), Cardinal-Priest of San Matteo in Merulana (1621–1623), and Titular Archbishop of Damascus (1612–1622).[1][2][3]

Most Reverend

Francesco Sacrati
Cardinal-Priest of San Matteo in Merulana
Archbishop (Personal Title) of Cesena
ChurchCatholic Church
In office1621–1623
PredecessorFrancesco Sforza
SuccessorFrancesco Maria Mancini
ConsecrationNovember 5, 1612
by Scipione Caffarelli-Borghese
Created cardinalMay 17, 1621
Personal details
Ferrara, Italy
DiedSeptember 6, 1623
Cesena, Italy (age 56)
Previous post(s)Titular Archbishop of Damascus (1612–1622)


Francesco Sacrati was born to nobility in Ferrara, Italy in 1567, the son of Camilla and Marquis Tommaso Sacrati.[1] He is the nephew of Ercole Sacrati, Bishop of Comacchio and brother of Alfonso Sacrati, also Bishop of Comacchio.[1] He received his doctorate in utroque iure in both canon and civil law from the University of Bologna.[1] In 1595, he was named Referendary of the Tribunals of the Apostolic Signature of Justice and of Grace.[1] On October 5, 1596, he was appointed Governor of Fano.[1] He was successively appointed as Auditor of the Sacred Palace and on June 25, 1599, the Auditor of the Sacred Roman Rota in which he traveled with Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini to Florence to welcome Queen Marie de' Medici, the wife of King Henri IV of France.[1]

On November 5, 1612, he was elected during the papacy Pope Paul V of as Titular Archbishop of Damascus.[1][4][2][3] On November 5, 1612, he was consecrated bishop in the Sistine Chapel by Scipione Caffarelli-Borghese, Archpriest of the Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, with Fabio Biondi, Titular Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, and Ulpiano Volpi, Archbishop of Chieti, serving as co-consecrators.[1][2][3] On February 12, 1621, he was named Prefect of the Apostolic Datary.[1]

He was created Cardinal Priest in the consistory of April 19, 1621 during the papacy of Pope Gregory XV and received the red hat and title of San Matteo in Merulana on May 17, 1621.[1][2][3] In July 1621, he was named Commander of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and on March 22, 1622, Commendatory Abbot of San Giovanni di Castagneto (Reggio di Calabria).[1] On May 23, 1622, he was named by Pope Gregory XV as Archbishop (personal title) of Cesena.[1][4][2][3] He participated in the Conclave of 1623 which elected Pope Urban VIII.[1][2] He died on September 6, 1623 and is buried in the church of San Maria dell'Anima in Rome.[1][4]

Episcopal successionEdit

While bishop, he was the principal consecrator of:[2]

and the principal co-consecrator of:[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Miranda, Salvador. "SACRATI, Francesco (1567-1623)". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Francesco Cardinal Sacrati" David M. Cheney. Retrieved November 19, 2017
  3. ^ a b c d e "Cardinal Francesco Sacrati" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved November 19, 2017
  4. ^ a b c Gauchat, Patritius (Patrice) (1935). HIERARCHIA CATHOLICA MEDII ET RECENTIORIS AEVI Vol IV. Münster: Libraria Regensbergiana. pp. 172 and 127. (in Latin)
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Titular Archbishop of Damascus
Succeeded by
Preceded by Cardinal-Priest of San Matteo in Merulana
Succeeded by
Preceded by Archbishop (Personal Title) of Cesena
Succeeded by