The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church

Biographical Dictionary
Pope Gregory XVI (1831-1846)
Consistory of July 8, 1839 (XIV)


(48) 1. PIGNATELLI, Theat., Ferdinando Maria (1770-1853)

Birth. June 9, 1770, Naples. Of the family branch of the Monteroduni. The family gave the Church Pope Innocent XII; and Cardinals Francesco Pignatelli, seniore, Theat., (1703); Francesco Maria Pignatelli, iuniore (1794); and Domenico Pignatelli di Belmonte, Theat. (1802).

Education. Entered the Congregation of the Clerics Regular Theatines. (No further educational information found).

Priesthood. Ordained, May 25, 1793. Lector of philosophy and theology in houses of studies of his congregation. Superior general of his order, 1824; resigned by apostolic brief, February 5, 1836. Prosynodal examiner of the clergy of Naples. Consultor of the S.C. of Propaganda Fide.

Episcopate. Elected archbishop of Palermo, February 21, 1839. Consecrated, April 1, 1839, by Cardinal Emmanuel De Gregorio. Granted the doctorate in theology, by apostolic brief, February 15, 1839.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal priest in the consistory of July 8, 1839; received the red hat and the title of S. Maria della Vittoria, July 11, 1839. Participated in the conclave of 1846, which elected Pope Pius IX.

Death. May 10, 1853, Palermo. Exposed and buried in the metropolitan cathedral of Palermo (1).

Bibliography. Ritzler, Remigium, and Pirminum Sefrin. Hierarchia Catholica Medii et Recentioris Aevi. Volumen VII (1800-1846). Patavii : Typis et Sumptibus Domus Editorialis "Il Messaggero di S. Antonio" apud Basilicam S. Antonii, 1968, pp. 31, 43 and 298.

(1) This is the text of the inscription in his vault, kindly provided by Mr. Eman Bonnici, from Malta:

Ferdinandi M. Pignatellii
S.R.E. Card. et Archiep. Pan.
cineres hic iacent.

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