Ugo Pietro Spinola

Ugo Pietro Spinola (29 June 1791 – 21 January 1858) was a Catholic cardinal and was Apostolic Nuncio to Austria and camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals.

Ugo Pietro Spinola
Pro-Datary of the Apostolic Dataria
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed29 April 1844
Term ended21 January 1858
PredecessorBartolomeo Pacca
SuccessorMario Mattei
Other posts
Ordination23 December 1815
Consecration12 November 1826
by Giuseppe Maria Spina
Created cardinal30 September 1831 (in pectore)
2 July 1832 (revealed)
by Pope Gregory XVI
Personal details
Birth nameUgo Pietro Spinola
Born29 June 1791
Genoa, Kingdom of Sardinia
Died21 January 1858(1858-01-21) (aged 66)
Rome, Papal States
BuriedSanti Silvestro e Martino ai Monti
ParentsFrancesco Maria Spinola
Eugenia Pallavicini
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Early lifeEdit

Spinola was born on 29 June 1791 in Genoa.

He was educated at the Collegio dei Protonotari in Rome where he received a doctorate in utroque iuris (both civil and canon law) in 1814).[1]


He was ordained on 23 December 1815 and was named a papal delegate (diplomat) to various cities including:[2]

He was elected titular archbishop of Thebae in 1826 and Apostolic Nuncio to Austria between 1826 and 1832.


In 1832 Spinola was revealed as a cardinal, having been elevated to cardinal (in pectore) in 1831. He was appointed Abbot commendatario of Subiaco in 1838 and held this position until 1842. He participated in the Papal Conclave of 1846 which elected Pope Pius IX. Between 1857 and 1858 he held the post of camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals.

He died on 21 January 1858 in Rome. (Note: some records indicate he may have died on either 23 or 24 January 1858)

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Benedetto Barberini
Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals
Succeeded by
Gabriele della Genga Sermattei