Saint Stanislas de Jésus et Marie Papczyński


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Francesco Pignatelli, CR was an Italian cardinal (February 6, 1652 – December 15, 1734), and a native of the viceroyalty of Naples. He filled the office of the Apostolic Nuncio to Poland from March 1700 to February 1703, when he became Archbishop of Naples. In 1665, joined the Theatine Order. On September 27, 1684, thanks to the recommendation of Charles II, King of Spain, he was made archbishop of Taranto. Although Pignatelli was related by blood to Pope Innocent XII (1691–1700), it was only the Pope's successor – Clement XI – who named him a cardinal on December 17, 1703. At first, he was the cardinal-presbiter at the church of SS. Pietro e Marcellino, but in 1719 he was promoted to the rank of cardinal-bishop of Sabina (April 26, 1719 to June 12, 1724), and then also of Frascati (June 12, 1724 to November 19, 1725) and of Porto e Santa Rufina (from November 19, 1725 until his death), while still remaining the Archbishop of Naples. Cardinal Pignatelli participated in the conclaves of 1721, 1724, and 1730. Until June 12, 1726, he was the dean of the College of Cardinals. He died in Naples at the age of 82 and was buried in the Theatine church in Naples. It was before Nuncio Pignatelli, as the representative of the Apostolic See in Poland, that Blessed Fr. Stanislaus Papczyński made his profession of solemn vows upon The Rule of the Ten Virtues of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. This act took place on June 6, 1701, in Warsaw. Blessed Stanislaus Papczyński was not only the first Marian but also the first male religious in the history of the Church to profess his vows upon The Rule of the Ten Virtues adopted for the male religious orders.