Antonio Lamberto Rusconi

Antonio Lamberto Rusconi, J.U.D. (19 June 1743 – 1 August 1825) was an Italian cardinal who served as bishop of Imola.[1]

Rusconi was born in Cento within the archdiocese of Bologna of a patrician family. He was the son of Domenico Bartolomeo Rusconi and Maria Marta Manari.He was educated studying law and economic sciences at the University of Bologna. He obtained a doctorate in utroque iure, both canon and civil law.

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Early life

He served as a canon of the collegiate church of San Biagio in Cento in 1763. He went to Rome in 1765 to continue his studies. He entered the Roman prelature in the pontificate of Pope Clement XIV, when he was 30 years old. He served as a relator of the S.C. of Good Government from 1775 and as such, he visited several localities of the Papal States in the provinces of Sabina, Marittima e Campagna, Benevento and Pontecorvo. He served as a civil auditor of the Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church, Cardinal Carlo Rezzonico. After the first restoration of the papal government in Rome, Pope Pius VII named him head of the particular deputation for the Grascia on 9 July 1800. He served as an auditor of the Sacred Roman Rota for Bologna from February 1801; he entered in functions on 15 December 1801 and was sworn in on 8 January 1802. He received the diaconate on 1 January 1803.


He was ordained on 2 January 1803. Member of a congregation formed by Cardinal Agostino Rivarola from 11 May 1814, after the second restoration of the papal government in Rome; he was charged with reestablishing the order in the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Archiginnasio dell Sapienza, schools, libraries and museums of the city of Rome; he was also in charge with the administration of the postal service and urban works.


He was created and proclaimed Cardinal-Priest of Ss. Giovanni e Paolo in the consistory of 8 March 1816.


He was appointed bishop of Imola on 8 March 1816. He was consecrated on 21 March in the Pope's private chapel, Rome, by Pope Pius VII, formerly Barnaba Chiaramonti, cardinal bishop of Imola. Pope Pius was assisted by Francesco Bertazzoli, archbishop of Edessa in partibus infidelium, and by Giuseppe Bartolomeo Menocchio, bishop of Porfireone in partibus infidelium, papal sacristan. Rusconi was appointed as legate in Romagna on 9 February 1820. He participated in the conclave of 1823, which elected Pope Leo XII. He died in 1825 at the age of 82.


  1. ^ Miranda, Salvador. "Antonio Lamberto Rusconi". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
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Preceded by
Barnaba Chiaramonti
Bishop of Imola
Succeeded by
Giacomo Giustiniani
Cardinals created by Pius VII

Pope Pius VII (r. 1800–1823) created 99 cardinals in 19 consistories.


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Pope Pius VII

Pope Pius VII (14 August 1742 – 20 August 1823), born Barnaba Niccolò Maria Luigi Chiaramonti, was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 14 March 1800 to his death in 1823. Chiaramonti was also a monk of the Order of Saint Benedict in addition to being a well-known theologian and bishop throughout his life.

Chiaramonti was made Bishop of Tivoli in 1782, and resigned that position upon his appointment as Bishop of Imola in 1785. That same year, he was made a cardinal. In 1789, the French Revolution took place, and as a result a series of anti-clerical governments came into power in the country. In 1796, during the French Revolutionary Wars, French troops under Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Rome and took as prisoner Pope Pius VI. He was taken as prisoner to France, where he died in 1799. The following year, after a sede vacante period lasting approximately six months, Chiaramonti was elected to the papacy, taking the name Pius VII.

Pius at first attempted to take a cautious approach in dealing with Napoleon. With him he signed the Concordat of 1801, through which he succeeded in guaranteeing religious freedom for Catholics living in France, and was present at his coronation as Emperor of the French in 1804. In 1809, however, during the Napoleonic Wars, Napoleon once again invaded the Papal States, resulting in his excommunication. Pius VII was taken prisoner and transported to France. He remained there until 1814 when, after the French were defeated, he was permitted to return to Rome, where he was greeted warmly as a hero and defender of the faith.

Pius lived the remainder of his life in relative peace. His papacy saw a significant growth of the Catholic Church in the United States, where Pius established several new dioceses. Pius VII died in 1823 at age 81.

In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI began the process towards canonizing him as a saint, and he was granted the title Servant of God.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Imola

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Imola (Latin: Diocesis Imolensis) is a territory in Romagna, northern Italy. It is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Bologna. The diocese had originally been a suffragan of the metropolitan of Milan, and was then subject to the Archbishop of Ravenna until 1582, when Pope Gregory XIII made Bologna an archbishopric and assigned it two suffragans, Imola and Cervia. In 1604, however, Pope Clement VIII returned them to the metropolitanate of Ravenna. Pope Pius VII transferred Imola back to the metropolitanate of Bologna.

The diocese of Imola is noted for having had a number of its bishops elected to the Papacy, including Cardinal Fabio Chigi (1652), afterwards Pope Alexander VII; Cardinal Barnaba Chiaramonti (1785), afterwards Pope Pius VII; and Cardinal Giovanni Maria Mastai Ferretti (1832), afterwards Pope Pius IX.

The current bishop is Tommaso Ghirelli.

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