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Borromeo, Charles, Saint
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(Oct 2, 1538, Arona – Nov 3, 1584, Milan). After studying law in Pavia (1559 Dr. jur. utr.), he was appointed Cardinal in 1516 by his uncle, Pope Pius IV, and, as the nephew-Cardinal, held a central position in the curia. From 1516 administrator, Borromeo, consecrated as bishop, moved in 1563 to his bishopric and from 1564 archbishop of Milan, he enforced the Reform of Trent (Trent, Council of) and Catholic confessionalization by means of provincial and diocesan synods and visitations. His Acta Ecclesiae Mediolanensis published in 1582 had an exemplary effect on…

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Smolinsky, Heribert, “Borromeo, Charles, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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