Nasalli, Ignace

Nasalli, Ignace an Italian cardinal, was born at Parma October 7, 1750. Early entering the ecclesiastical career, he began his novitiate in the Society of Jesus; when Clement XIV was obliged to suppress this order, Pius VII made him successively prelate of his house, referendary of the two signatures, civil lieutenant of the tribunal of the cardinal-vicar, and one of the members of the ecclesiastical immunity. In 1815 he was sent to Spain to conciliate the people, and to confer with Ferdinand VII upon different communications that this prince had sent to the pope; but on arriving at Barcelona he found that he could not continue his route to Madrid without an express permission from the court. This was one consequence of the notices made in the name of Ferdinand VII on the publication of the pope's bulls in Spain. Nasalli returned to Parma, where he was charge d'affaires from the court of Rome. In November, 1818, he became apostolic nuncio to the Helvetian Confederation, and December 27, 1819, was declared archbishop of Tyre in partibus. Nominated in July 1823, minister plenipotentiary to the court of the Netherlands, two months after he was sent to that of Prussia to conclude an agreement between these two governments he succeeded in this mission to Brussels as well as Berlin. As a reward for his services, Leo XII created him cardinal of the title of Sainte-Agnes without the walls, in the consistory of June 25, 1827. Nasalli, who in 1814 had powerfully contributed to the restoration of the Jesuits, in whose favor he had formerly published several articles, continued in his new position to feel the greatest interest in this order. He died at Rome December 2, 1831. See Hoefer, Vouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.; Nicolini, History of the Jesuits; Steinmetz, History. of the Jesuitical Order (see Index in volume 2). (J.H.W.)

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