Juan de Castro

For the Portuguese viceroy of India (1500-48), see João de Castro.
His Eminence
Juan de Castro
Cardinal Bishop of Agrigento
Church Roman Catholic
Diocese Agrigento
Appointed 19 February 1479
In office 1479-1506
Predecessor Domenico Xarth
Successor Pietro Tagliavia d'Aragonia
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of Santa Prisca
Created Cardinal 19 February 1496
by Alexander VI
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Born (1431-03-22)March 22, 1431
Valencia, Spain
Died September 29, 1506(1506-09-29) (aged 75)
Rome, Italy
Buried Santa Maria del Popolo
41°54′41″N 12°28′35″E / 41.911389°N 12.476389°E / 41.911389; 12.476389Coordinates: 41°54′41″N 12°28′35″E / 41.911389°N 12.476389°E / 41.911389; 12.476389
Nationality Spanish

Juan de Castro (1431–1506) (called the Cardinal of Agrigento) was a Spanish Roman Catholic bishop and cardinal.


Juan de Castro was born in Valencia on March 22, 1431, the son of nobles Pedro Galcerán de Castre-Pinòs y Tramaced and Blanca de Só, viscountess of Évol.[1]

He began his ecclesiastical career as a cleric in the see of Elne.[1] He was later the Abbot of Fossanova Abbey.[1] He was a familiar of Cardinal Roderic Llançol i de Borja, who later became Pope Alexander VI.[1]

On February 19, 1479, he was elected Bishop of Agrigento.[1] Pope Sixtus IV confirmed his election on March 20, 1479, and Castro subsequently occupied this see until his death.[1] He attended the papal conclave of 1484 as a custodian.[1] Following the papal conclave of 1492, the new pope, Alexander VI, made Castro prefect of the Castel Sant'Angelo.[1]

Pope Alexander VI made him a cardinal priest in the consistory of February 19, 1496.[1] He received the red hat and the titular church of Santa Prisca on February 24, 1496.[1] From the time of his promotion to the cardinalate, he lived in Rome permanently, participating in the ceremonies, consistories and religious feasts and celebrating masses; he was the executor of the will of Cardinal Bartolomé Martí.[1]

On November 6, 1499, he became the apostolic administrator of the see of Schleswig, occupying this post until July 29, 1502.[1] He became involved in a dispute with two mother superiors at the Monastery of Pedralbes; this led to Ferdinand II of Aragon on March 12, 1500, forbidding Cardinal Castro to interfere in the affairs of the monastery.[1]

He participated in the papal conclave of September 1503 that elected Pope Pius III and in the papal conclave of October 1503 that elected Pope Julius II.[1]

In 1506, he became the Apostolic Administrator of Malta, although Ferdinand II had requested that bishopric for another cardinal who succeeded in the same year.[1]

He died in Rome on September 29, 1506.[1] He is buried in Santa Maria del Popolo.[1]


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Eggert Dürkop
Administrator of Schleswig
Succeeded by
Detlef Pogwisch
Preceded by
Domenico Xarth
Bishop of Agrigento
Succeeded by
Pietro Tagliavia d'Aragonia
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