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Feastday: January 1
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Birth: 1649
Death: 1713

Cardinal. Son of the duke of Palermo and of Rosalia Traino both of who later entered religious life, as did four of his sisters, he was born in Alicati, Sicily on Sept. 12 and entered the Theatine novitiate at Palermo at fifteen. After 1673 he was stationed at San Silvestro in Rome, studying scripture, Hebrew and Greek philosophy. He wrote scholary treatisses on the Psalms and on liturgy. In 1697 Pope Innocent XII called him to the Vatican where he worked for reforms among religious orders and continued his interest in theology and music and relief of the poor. He became a cardinal shortly after Clement XI whose confessor he had been, became pope. He died in Rome and was beatified in 1803.


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