Caracciolo (or Caraccioli), Marino (or Martino)

Caracciolo (Or Caraccioli), Marino (Or Martino), an Italian prelate, was born in 1469. At a very early age he came into the house of cardinal Ascanius Sorga of Milan, and took holy orders. In 1515 he attended the fifth Lateran synod as orator of the duke of Milan. Pope Leo X appointed him apostolic prothonotary, and finally took him entirely into his service. In 1519, Caracciolo went as papal legate to Germany, to congratulate the newly elected emperor, Charles V, at the same time urging upon the latter to make the papal measures against Luther more effective. He was also present at the coronation of Charles V at Aix-la-Chapelle (1520), and at the diet of Worms (1521). Caracciolo soon gained the confidence' of the emperor, into whose service he now entered. In 1535, pope Paul III made him cardinal-deacon. When the duke of Milan died, the emperor intrusted the government of the duchy to Caracciolo. This prelate died at Milan, Jan. 28, 1538. See Victorelli, Addit. ad Vitas et Res Gestas Rom. Pontif. (Rome, 1630); Weiss, in Wetzer u. Welte's Kirchen-Lexikon, s.v.; Jocher, Allgemeines Gelehrten-Lexikon, s.v.; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v. (B. P.)

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