Carlo BORROMEO

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Bishop, cardinal

ItalianBorn Carlo BORROMEO

Italian cardinal who was archbishop of Milan

Born on September 22, 1538 in Arona , Italy

Died on November 3, 1584 in Milano , Italy

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Charles was a descendant of nobility: the family of Borromeo was one of the most ancient and wealthy in Lombardy, made famous by several notable men, both in the church and state. The aristocratic Borromeo family's coat of arms included the Borromean rings, sometimes taken to symbolize the Holy Trinity.



Charles' father Gilbert was Count of Arona; his mother Margaret was a member of the Milan branch of the House of Medici. The third son in a family of six children, he was born in the castle of Arona on Lake Maggiore, thirty-six miles from Milan, on 2 October 1538.

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