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Consistory of July 15, 1739 (XIV)
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(33) 1. CORIO, Marcellino (1664-1742)

Birth. September 6 (or 9), 1664, Milan. From a noble and patrician family. Eldest of the three children of Count Filippo Corio and Laura Airoldi, of the counts of Lecco. The other siblings were Ippolita and Antonio. His last name is also listed as Cori, Corius, Coirus, and Cojrus.

Education. Initial studies in Milan; later, he attended the University of Pavia, where he obtained a doctorate in utroeuqe iure, both canon and cicvil law in 1686.

Early life. Member of the College of Lawyers of Milan. In 1694, he went to Rome and became a consistorial lawyer in 1694 and practice for many years. He received several rich benefices. He entered the Roman prelature as referendary and voter of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature on May 15, 1715. Named auditor of the Sacred Roman Rota on July 3, 1716; and later its dean on September 18, 1733 until 1734. Regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, December 1733. Governor of Rome and vice-camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church, August 6, 1734 until July 15, 1739.

Sacred orders. (No information found).

Cardinalate. Created cardinal deacon in the consistory of July 15, 1739; received the red hat and the deaconry of S. Adriano, September 30, 1739. Participated in the conclave of 1740.

Death. February 20, 1742, at 6:15 a.m., of dropsy, Rome, after a long and painful illness. Exposed in the church of Ss. Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso, dei Milanese, Rome; Pope Benedict XIV participated in his funeral; buried, according to his will, in yhat same church (1).

Bibliography. Cardella, Lorenzo. Memorie storiche de' cardinali della Santa Romana Chiesa. 9 vols. Rome : Stamperia Pagliarini, 1794, VIII, 298; Del Re, Niccolò. Monsignor governatore di Roma. Rome : Istituto di Studi Romani Ediotres, 1972, p. 114-115; Notizie per l'anno bissestile 1752. Rome : Nella Stamperia del Chracas, presso S. Marco al Corso, 1752, p. 121-122, no. 7; Ritzler, Remigium, and Pirminum Sefrin. Hierarchia Catholica Medii et Recientoris Aevi. Volumen V (1667-1730). Patavii : Typis et Sumptibus Domus Editorialis "Il Messaggero di S. Antonio" apud Basilicam S. Antonii, 1952, pp. 9 and 50; Seidler, Sabrina M.; Weber, Christoph. Päpste und Kardinäle in der Mitte des 18. Jahrhunderts (1730-1777) : das biographische Werk des Patriziers von Lucca Bartolomeo Antonio Talenti. Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang, 2007. (Beiträge zur Kirchen- und Kulturgeschichte, Bd. 18), p. 226-227; Weber, Christoph and Becker, Michael. Genealogien zur Papstgeschichte. 6 v. Stuttgart : Anton Hiersemann, 1999-2002. (Päpste und Papsttum, Bd. 29, 1-6), III, 286; Weber, Christoph. Legati e governatori dello Stato Pontificio : 1550-1809.Roma : Ministero per i beni culturali e ambientali, Ufficio centrale per i beni archivistici, 1994. (Pubblicazioni degli archivi di Stato. Sussidi; 7), pp. 361 and 495; Weber, Christoph. Die päpstlichen Referendare 1566-1809 : Chronologie und Prosopographie. 3 vols. Stuttgart : Anton Hiersemann, 2003-2004. (Päpste und Papsttum ; Bd. 31/1, 31/2, 31/3; Variation: Päpste und Papsttum ; Bd. 31), II, 564.

Link. His engraving by Girolamo Rossi, CalcoGRAFICA - Istituto Nazionale della Grafica.

(1) This is the text of the incription in his tomb, taken from Seidler, Päpste und Kardinäle in der Mitte des 18. Jahrhunderts (1730-1777), p. 227:

MARCELLINO CORIO PATRITIO MEDIOLANENSI
CONSISTORIALIS AULAE ADVOCATO
XII. VIRO SIGNATURAE JUSTITIAE
ROMANAE ROTAE DECANO
ALMAE URBIS GUBERNATORI
S.R.E. DIACONO CARDINALI
VIRO
DOCTRTNA PRUDENTIA JUSTITIA
SPECTATISSIMO
PROBITATE ET CANDORE ANIMI
INCOMPARABILI
PHILIPPUS COMES CALDERARIUS
IN MAGISTRATU ORDINARIO MEDIOEANENSI
REGIUS QUAESTOR
AVUNCULO SUO OPTIMO ET AMANTISSIMO
HAERES EX ASSE POSUIT
VIXlT ANN. LXXVII. MENS.V. DIES XI.
OB NONO KALEND. MARTIJ
ANNO DOMINI MDCCXLII.

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