Bonomi, Giovanni Francesco

Bonomi, Giovanni Francesco, an Italian prelate, was born at Cremona, Oct. 6, 1536. He studied at; Bologna and Pavia, and afterwards went to Rome, where he was patronized by cardinal Carlo Borroteo, who resigned the abbey of Nonantula in his favor. Bonomi was appointed bishop of Vercelli in 1572, and was consecrated at Milan by Borromeo. Popes Gregory XIII and Sixtus V employed him as legate, and in 1581 he was sent to Germany to settle the affair of the archbishopric of Cologne. He deposed the archbishop elector, Gerard Truchses, of Waldpurg. and installed in his place Ernest, bishop of Liege. He was afterwards legate in Flanders, and died at Liege, Feb. 26, 1587. Cardinal Borromeo had bequeathed his MSS. to Bonomi, who wrote the life of his patron, Vita et Obitus Caroli Borromei. (Cologne, 1587). He also composed a poem on the same subject, Borromceidos libri iv (Milan, 1589); another on the great victory gained by Don Juan of Austria over the Turkish fleet off Lepanto in 1571, Eucharistirion ob Victoriam ad Echinadas Partam (Milan, 1589). Other of his poems are among the Carmina lllustriumn Poetarumz Italorum. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.; Landon, Eccles. Dict. s.v.

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