Brogni, Giovanni Allarmet De

Brogni, Giovanni Allarmet De, a Roman prelate, was born at Brogni, Savoy, in 1342. From the station of a swineherd in youth he rose to the dignities of bishop of Viviers and of Ostia, archbishop of Arles, bishop of Geneva, and cardinal and chancellor of the Church of Rome. He devoted himself assiduously to the work of conciliation during the great schism which so long divided that Church. As senior cardinal he presided at the Council of Constance after the deposition of pope John XXIII at the sixth session, until the election of cardinal Colonna, as pope Martin Vat the forty-first. It was during this time that the trial of John Huss took place. Brogni showed him great kindness during the trial, but, as president of the council, had to pronounce sentence of death upon him. He died at Rome, February 16, 1426. He founded the hospital of Annecy, and the college of St. Nicholas at Avignon. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

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