- Giuseppe Spinelli
Giuseppe Cardinal Spinelli (
February 1, 1694— April 12, 1763) was an Italian Cardinal. He was a prefectof the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
He was ordained a
priestin 1724 and served as titular archbishop of Corinthusfrom 1725. He was archbishop of Naplesfrom 1734 until 1754. In this capacity, he conducted a search for the relics of Agrippinus, an early bishop of the city. He found a marble vasewith the following words written: "Indeterminate relics that are believed to be the body of Saint Agrippinus." [http://www.santiebeati.it/dettaglio/90317] He also summoned Stefano Pozzito decorate the cathedral at Naples.
In 1756, he became prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. He later became
Bishop of Palestrinain 1753, Bishop of Porto e Santa Rufinain 1759, and Bishop of Ostiain 1761. He belonged to so called "zelanti" faction in the College of Cardinals. He became Dean of the Sacred Collegein June 1761.
* [http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/bsping.html Catholic Hierarchy]
* [http://www.fiu.edu/~mirandas/bios1735.htm#Spinelli Biography]
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