Tommaso Ruffo

Tommaso Ruffo (1663-1753) was an Italian archbishop of Ferrara and Cardinal.

Tommaso Ruffo

LifeEdit

He was born in Naples, son of Carlo Ruffo, 3rd Duke of Bagnara.[1] He was educated at La Sapienza University, becoming a doctor of canon and civil law. He was a papal diplomat, elected titular archbishop of Nicaea in 1698. On 13 Apr 1698, he was consecrated bishop by Fabrizio Spada, Cardinal-Priest of San Crisogono, with Michelangelo dei Conti, Titular Archbishop of Tarsus, and Francesco Acquaviva d'Aragona, Titular Archbishop of Larissa in Thessalia, serving as co-consecrators.[1][2]

He was created cardinal-priest in 1706, despite having a cousin Giacomo Boncompagni in the College of Cardinals, with the title of S. Lorenzo in Panisperna. Having served as a papal legate, he became archbishop of Ferrara in 1717. He took part in the papal conclave, 1721 and the papal conclave, 1724. He became bishop of Palestrina in 1726 and participated in the papal conclave, 1730. He was bishop of Porto e Santa Rufina 1738. and participated in the papal conclave, 1740. He became Dean of the College of Cardinals and bishop of Ostia e Velletri in 1740, and died in Rome in 1753. At the time of his death, he was the oldest living cardinal.

Episcopal successionEdit

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

and the principal co-consecrator of:[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Miranda, Salvador. "RUFFO, Tommaso (1663-1753)". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Florida International University. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Cheney, David M. "Tommaso Cardinal Ruffo". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. Retrieved December 29, 2019. [self-published]
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Giovanni Giacomo Cavallerini
Titular Archbishop of Nicaea
1698–1706
Succeeded by
Ferdinando Nuzzi
Preceded by
Tommaso Bonaventura della Gherardesca
Apostolic Nuncio to Florence
1698–1700
Succeeded by
Niccolò Caracciolo
Preceded by
Giambattista Rubini
Cardinal-Priest of San Lorenzo in Panisperna
1706–1709
Succeeded by
Giulio Piazza
Preceded by
Leandro Colloredo
Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria in Trastevere
1709–1726
Succeeded by
Pier Marcellino Corradini
Preceded by
Taddeo Luigi dal Verme
Archbishop (Personal Title) of Ferrara
1717–1738
Succeeded by
Raniero d'Elci
Preceded by
Francesco Barberini (iuniore)
Cardinal-bishop of Palestrina
1726–1738
Succeeded by
Giorgio Spiniola
Preceded by
Pietro Ottoboni
Cardinal-bishop of Porto
1738–1740
Succeeded by
Ludovico Pico della Mirandola
Preceded by
Pietro Ottoboni
Cardinal-bishop of San Lorenzo in Damaso
1740–1753
Succeeded by
Girolamo Colonna di Sciarra
Preceded by
Pietro Ottoboni
Cardinal-bishop of Ostia and Dean of the College of Cardinals
1740–1753
Succeeded by
Pierluigi Carafa
Records
Preceded by
Léon Potier de Gesvres
Oldest living Member of the Sacred College
12 November 1744 - 16 February 1753
Succeeded by
Rainiero d'Elci