Gabriele Ferretti

Cardinal Gabriele Ferretti, portrait by Francesco Podesti.

Gabriele Ferretti (Ancona, 31 January 1795 – Rome, 13 September 1860)[1] was an Italian Catholic cardinal and Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals.

Personal life

He was born into nobility, the son of Palatine Count Liverotto Ferretti and Flavia Sperelli. By birth he was Count of Castelferretti, Palatine count and a noble of Rieti and Fermo. He was also a patrician of Ancona and San Marino. He was educated at the Collegio of Parma and the Collegio Tolomei in Siena, before entering the Seminary of Ancona and attending the Collegio Romano, where he earned a doctorate in theology.

Ecclesiastical service

Ferretti was ordained in June 1817.

He was elected bishop of Rieti in 1827. In 1833, he was promoted to the titular see of Seleucia in Isauria and was appointed nuncio in Sicily in the same year. In 1837, he was transferred to the see of Montefiascone e Corneto and later that year was again transferred, this time to the metropolitan see of Fermo.


Ferretti was elevated to cardinal (in pectore) in 1838 and was revealed as a cardinal in 1839.

He resigned pastoral government of his archdiocese in 1842 and was appointed Prefect of the Sacred Consulta of Indulgences and Relics in 1843.

Ferretti participated in the Papal Conclave of 1846, which elected Pope Pius IX and in the same year was appointed legate in the provinces of Urbino and Pesaro.

In the years following, he was appointed to a number of senior positions in the Catholic Church including:


Ferretti died on 13 September 1860 in Rome. His funeral was held on 17 September 1860. Pope Pius IX (whom he had helped to elect) participated in his funeral and he was buried, according to his will, in the Capuchin church of the Santissima Concezione in Rome.


See also

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Giuseppe Maria Velzi
Archbishop of Montefiascone
19 May 2 October 1847
Succeeded by
Filippo de Angelis
Preceded by
Tommaso Pasquale Gizzi
Cardinal Secretary of State
17 July 1847 31 December 1848
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Bofondi
Preceded by
Castruccio Castracane degli Antelminelli
Apostolic Penitentiary
18 March 1852 13 September 1860
Succeeded by
Antonio Maria Cagiano de Azevedo
Preceded by
Giacomo Luigi Brignole
Archbishop of Sabina-Poggio Mirteto
12 September 1853 13 September 1860
Succeeded by
Girolamo D'Andrea
Preceded by
Luigi Amat di San Filippo e Sorso
Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals
7 April 1854 23 March 1855
Succeeded by
Antonio Maria Cagiano de Azevedo
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