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Friar Minor, cardinal, and theologian, b. at San Lorenzo near Bolsena, 31 March, 1654; d. at Rome, 18 January, 1729. He filled the position of lector
and Viterbo, where he became guardian of theconvent. Cardinal
Sacchetti chose Cozza as his confessor
and adviser, thus giving rise to a friendship that lasted through life. While in the Orient, whither he had been sent as superior
of the Franciscan monastery in Jerusalem, Cozza found leisure to compose several important works, and as legate
of the supreme pontiff he reconciled the Maronites
and the Patriarch
Jacobus Petrus of Antioch, who had long been at variance with the Holy See. In 1715 he returned to Rome, in 1723 was electedminister general, and on 9 December, 1726, was made cardinal
by Benedict XIII. The remaining years of his life
were passed at Rome
in quiet and study in the littleconvent of St. Bartholomew
on the Island. His writings include "Historia polemica de Græcorum schismate" (Rome, 1719-20); "Commentarii historico-dogmatici" (Rome, 1707); and "Terra Sancta vindicata a calumniis", the last still unpublished.
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