Cardinal Bernardino Spada

Cardinal Bernardino Spada

Brisighella, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Death 10 Nov 1661 (aged 67)
Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Burial Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Plot Cappella Spada.
Memorial ID 139985140 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Roman Catholic Cardinal. Brisghella born Bernardino Spada came from a noble family. Obtaining doctorates in literature and in law in Rome, he was named apostolic secretary during the Pontificate of Paul V and successively referendary of the Tribunals of the Apostolic Signature of Justice and of Grace between September 19, 1617 and 1621, vicar of the Patriarchal Vatican Basilica, 'abbreviatore di parco maggiore', relator of the Sacred Congregation of Good Government and relator of the Sacred Congregation of the Sacred Consulta. Cardinal Scipione Borghese, archpriest of the Patriarchal Liberian Basilica, named him judge of the causes concerning his basilica. President 'della Grascia' during the Pontificate of Pope Gregory XV, Spada was furthermore appointed cleric of the Apostolic Chamber and prefect of the Annona on December 15, 1622, prior of San Daniele of Padua, and canon of the cathedral chapters of Padua and Brescia. Elected archbishop of the titular see of Damietta on December 4, 1623 with dispensation for not having yet reached the canonical age of thirty years and not having received the presbyterate six months before, he received his episcopal consecration four days later at the church of San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome. Nuncio in France from December 1623 until 1627, Pope Urban VIII created him cardinal priest in the consistory of January 19, 1626 with the title of Santo Stefano al Monte Celio. Legate in Bologna from August 9, 1627 until 1631, he served as Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals between January 15, 1638 and January 10, 1639. Prefect of the Congregation 'dei Confini', he opted for the title of San Pietro in Vincoli on May 22, 1642. Carrying out a peace mission before the Farneses of Parma in 1642 along with his brother, Oratorian Father Virgilio, in the occasion of the War of Castro, avoiding thus an attack against Rome, he opted for the order of bishops and the suburbicarian sees of Albano on February 19, 1646, of Frascati on April 29, 1652, of Sabina on the following September 23, 1652 and for that of Palestrina on October 11, 1655. A renowned humanist and protector of arts and artists, Spada passed away in Rome and was laid to rest in his family vault in their splendidly adorned chapel inside the church of San Girolamo della Carità. His vast art collection can be viewed to this day at the Palazzo Spada in Rome.

Bio by: Eman Bonnici


In their memory
Plant Memorial Trees


  • Created by: Eman Bonnici
  • Added: 13 Dec 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 139985140
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Cardinal Bernardino Spada (21 Apr 1594–10 Nov 1661), Find a Grave Memorial no. 139985140, citing Chiesa di San Girolamo della Carità, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy ; Maintained by Eman Bonnici (contributor 46572312) .