Luigi Caetani
Cardinal-Priest of Santa Pudenziana
Archbishop Emeritus of Capua
Luigi Caetani, cardinal
ArchdioceseArchdiocese of Capua
In office17 March 1624 - 1 March 1627
PredecessorAntonio Caetani (iuniore)
SuccessorGirolamo Costanzo
Other post(s)
Consecration12 June 1622
by Ludovico Ludovisi
Created cardinal19 January 1626
by Pope Urban VIII
Personal details
Born(1595-07-00)July , 1595
Piedimonte, Campania, Kingdom of Naples
DiedApril 15, 1642(1642-04-15) (aged 46)
Rome, Latium, Papal State
BuriedBasilica of Santa Pudenziana
Coordinates: 41°53′54.3″N 12°29′44″E / 41.898417°N 12.49556°E / 41.898417; 12.49556
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post(s)
Educationdoctorate in law
Coat of arms
Styles of
Luigi Caetani
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
SeeBasilica of Santa Pudenziana

Luigi Caetani (July 1595 – 15 April 1642) was an Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.


Caetani was born in Piedimonte. Son of Filippo I Caetani, duke of Sermoneta, and Camilla Gaetani dell'Aquila d'Aragona, of the dukes of Traetto.[1] Descendant of the family of Pope Boniface VIII, great-grand-nephew of Cardinal Niccolò Caetani, grand-nephew of Cardinal Enrico Caetani and nephew of Cardinals Bonifazio Caetani and Antonio Caetani (seniore), he studied first in Ravenna, where his uncle Bonifazio was legate, and then in Rome, where he obtained a doctorate in law.

He served as Archbishop of Capua from 17 March 1624 until his resignation on 1 March 1627. He was ordained a Bishop on 12 June 1622 and appointed the Coadjutor Archbishop of Capua on 14 November 1622. Caetani was elevated to Cardinal on 19 January 1626 and installed as the Cardinal-Priest of S. Pudenziana on 9 February 1626.

Cardinal Caetani was consecrated to the episcopacy by Ludovico Ludovisi. Having himself consecrated Ulderico Carpegna, Caetani is in the episcopal lineage of Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI.

Episcopal succession

While bishop, he was the principal consecrator of:[2]

and the principal co-consecrator of:[2]


  1. ^ Miranda, Salvador. "CAETANI, Luigi (1595-1642)". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Florida International University. OCLC 53276621.
  2. ^ a b "Luigi Cardinal Caetani" David M. Cheney. Retrieved January 4, 2017
Catholic Church titles Preceded byTomás Dávalos de Aragón Titular Patriarch of Antioch 1622 Succeeded byGiovanni Battista Pamphilj Preceded byAntonio Caetani (iuniore) Archbishop of Capua 1624-1627 Succeeded byGirolamo Costanzo Preceded byAntonio Caetani (iuniore) Cardinal-Priest of Santa Pudenziana 1626–1642 Succeeded byAlderano Cybo Preceded byAntonio Marcello Barberini Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals 1637–1638 Succeeded byBernardino Spada