Thomas of Frignano

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Thomas of Frignano [1] [2] (1305–1381) was an Italian Franciscan theologian. He became Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, [3] and on 19 July 1372 was approved by Pope Gregory XI as patriarch of Grado. [4]

Pope Gregory XI Pope from 1370 to 1378

Pope Gregory XI was Pope from 30 December 1370 to his death in 1378. He was the seventh and last Avignon pope and the most recent French pope. In 1377, Gregory XI returned the Papal court to Rome, ending nearly 70 years of papal residency in Avignon, France. His death shortly after was followed by the Western Schism.

Patriarch of Grado Wikimedia list article

This is a list of the Patriarchs of Grado. The patriarchate came into being when the schismatic Patriarch of Aquileia, Paulinus (557-569), moved to Grado in the mid 6th century. But in their reunion with Rome in 606, a rival office was set up in Old-Aquileia. Aquileia later entered communion with Rome but was able to keep its independence and title from Grado. In 1451 the see of Grado was merged with Castello to form the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice.

Tommaso was created a cardinal on 20 September 1378 by Pope Urban VI. He was Bishop of Frascati and, as the senior bishop in Urban's new college, probably Dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals from December 1378. He died in Rome on 19 November 1381. [5]

Pope Urban VI pope

Pope Urban VI, born Bartolomeo Prignano, was Pope from 8 April 1378 to his death in 1389. He is so far the last pope to be elected from outside the College of Cardinals. His reign, which began shortly after the end of the Avignon Papacy, was marked by immense conflict between rival factions as part of the Western Schism.


  1. Thomas de Frignano, Tommaso da Frignano.
  2. Also Bartolomeo de Frignano, identified as in Archived 2007-07-06 at the Wayback Machine . (in Italian).
  3. 1367-1372
  4. Conradus Eubel, Hierarchia catholica Tomus I editio altera (Monasterii 1914), p. 23.
  5. Eubel, p. 23.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Marcus of Viterbo
Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor
Succeeded by
Leonardo Rossi

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