Giovan Francesco Morosini (patriarch)

Giovan Francesco Morosini or Gianfrancesco Morosini (1604–1678) was Patriarch of Venice from 1644 to his death.

Giovan Francesco Morosini
Patriarch of Venice
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ChurchCatholic Church
SeePatriarch of Venice
Appointed13 June 1644
Term ended5 August 1678
PredecessorFederico Corner
SuccessorAlvise Sagredo
Consecration4 September 1644 (Bishop)
by Marco Giustiniani bishop of Verona
Personal details
Born(1604-09-24)24 September 1604
Died5 August 1678(1678-08-05) (aged 73)
BuriedTolentini, Venice


Giovan Francesco Morosini was born in Venice on 24 September 1604 to the noble Morosini family. He completed his studies earning a doctorate in utroque iure in the University of Padua in 1631 and then he moved to Rome.[1]

He was elected patriarch of Venice by the Venetian Senate on 30 April 1644. The episcopal consecration followed on 4 September in the Venetian Church of Santa Croce by the hands of Marco Giustiniani bishop of Verona.[2]

He was a zealous pastor of the diocese. He had to intervene several times to stop abuses and to ask the priests and lay people to order and morality. He had an intense commitment to support, financially and with prayer, the Republic of Venice then engaged in the War of Candia. Two diocesan synods were held under his patriarchy: the first, in 1653, limited himself to reiterating some ecclesiastical norms already established previously by his predecessor Federico Corner, the second, which was held in 1667, intervened on some aspects of the administration of the sacraments.[3]

He died in Venice on 5 August 1678. He was buried in the church of San Nicola da Tolentino: the magnificent the funeral monument was erected by the Genoese sculptor Filippo Parodi.[1]


  1. ^ a b Barzazi, Antonella (2012). "Morosini, Giovan Francesco". Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, Volume 77: Morlini–Natolini (in Italian). Rome: Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana. ISBN 978-8-81200032-6.
  2. ^ David Cheney. "Patriarch Gianfrancesco Morosini". Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  3. ^ Niero, Antonio (1961). I patriarchi di Venezia : da Lorenzo Giustiniani ai nostri giorni (in Italian). Venezia: Studium cattolico veneziano. pp. 127–131.