A model bishop, endorsed by Pope John 23rd

Quite a life.

Gregory Barbarigo (Italian: Gregorio Barbarigo; 16 September 1625 -June 18, 1697) was an Italian Cardinal Archbishop of Padua, a diplomat and scholar.
Born into a famous family from Venice, he traveled with the Venetian ambassador, Alvise Contarini, to the Congress of Münster in 1648, where the Peace of Westphalia was developed.

Soon aftewards he became a priest and was consecrated as the first Bishop of Bergamo by Pope Alexander VII, whom he had met in Germany. After that, he was given the dignity of cardinal and was made the bishop of the Diocese of Padua. He was a strong supporter of the work of the Council of Trent. He made the seminaries of Padua and of Bergamo larger and added a library and printing press in Padua.

He had the reputation of being another Charles Borromeo, renowned like him for his wonderful zeal in every kind of labor for the clergy and the faithful, but especially the poor.

He died in Padua in 1697. In 1960, Pope John XXIII canonized him.

A priestly, also a priest’s, bishop


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