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Federico Gonzaga (cardinal)

Federico Gonzaga, Cardinal of Monferrato (1540 – 21 February 1565) was an Italian Roman Catholic cardinal and bishop.

Portrait of Cardinal Federico Gonzaga.


A member of the House of Gonzaga, Gonzaga was born in Mantua, Italy in 1540.[1] He was the posthumous son of Federico II Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua.[1] His mother was Margaret Paleologa.[1] He was the nephew of Cardinal Ercole Gonzaga.[1] He was educated at the University of Bologna.[1]

Pope Pius IV made him a cardinal priest in the consistory of 6 January 1563.[1] He received the red hat and the titular church of Santa Maria Nova (a deaconry raised pro illa vice to the status of title) on 4 March 1563.[1]

On 4 June 1563 he became administrator of the Diocese of Mantua, with dispensation for not having reached the canonical age.[1] He was the papal legate in Mantua in 1564.[1] He was granted the title of Bishop of Mantua on 16 October 1564 but never received consecration as a bishop.[1]

He died in Mantua on 21 February 1565.[1] He was buried in Mantua Cathedral.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Miranda, Salvador. "GONZAGA, Federico (1540-1565)". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Florida International University. OCLC 53276621.
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