Giovanni Battista Bussi (1656–1726)

Giovanni Battista Bussi (31 March 1656 in Viterbo – 23 December 1726 in Rome) was an Italian cardinal.

His Eminence

Giovanni Battista Bussi
Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli
Bishop of Ancona e Numana
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Portrait of Giovanni Battista Bussi
ChurchCatholic Church
Consecration12 Sep 1706
by Christian August von Sachsen-Zeitz
Personal details
Born31 March 1656
Viterbo, Italy
Died23 December 1726 (age 69)
Rome, Italy


Born in the Papal States to a family which provided many ecclesiastics, Giovanni studied at the archiginnasio della Sapienza and in 1691 was granted a canonry in St Peter's Basilica and entrusted with the management of the Ospedale di Santo Spirito in Sassia nearby by Pope Innocent XII. He was sent to Flanders in 1693 to fight the spread of Jansenism and in 1703 contributed to the condemnation for Jansenism of Petrus Codde, apostolic vicar to Holland and archbishop of Sebaste.

Bussi was elected archbishop of Tarsus in partibus and promoted to the nuntiature of "Germania inferiore" at Cologne. On 12 Sep 1706, he was consecrated bishop by Christian August von Sachsen-Zeitz, Bishop of Győr, with Giulio Piazza, Titular Archbishop of Rhodus, and Johannes Werner von Veyder, Titular Bishop of Eleutheropolis in Macedonia and Auxiliary Bishop of Cologne, serving as co-consecrators.[1][2] He remained in Germany until his election as archbishop of Ancona on 19 February 1710, and he was later made cardinal by Pope Clement XI in the consistory of 30 January 1713. He headed several congregations (Congregation for Bishops, Congregation for the Clergy, Congregation for Borders, Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, etc.). He died in Rome and was buried in the basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, to the right of the chapel dedicated to saint Frances of Rome.


  1. ^ Miranda, Salvador. "BUSSI, Giovanni Battista (1657-1726)". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Florida International University. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  2. ^ Cheney, David M. "Giovanni Battista (Giambattista) Cardinal Bussi". Retrieved 2 January 2020. [self-published]


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Orazio Filippo Spada
Apostolic Internuncio to Belgium
Succeeded by
Girolamo Grimaldi
Preceded by
Michelangelo dei Conti
Titular Archbishop of Tarsus
Succeeded by
Gerolamo Archinto
Preceded by
Giulio Piazza
Apostolic Nuncio to Germany
Succeeded by
Gerolamo Archinto
Preceded by
Friedrich Christian von Plettenberg zu Lenhausen
Apostolic Administrator of Münster
Succeeded by
Franz Arnold von Wolff-Metternich zur Gracht
Preceded by
Marcello d'Aste
Archbishop (Personal Title) of Ancona e Numana
Succeeded by
Prospero Lorenzo Lambertini
Preceded by
Giovanni Francesco Negroni
Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli
Succeeded by
Lorenzo Cozza