GENNARI, jen-na'ri, CASIMIRO: Roman Catholic cardinal; b. at Maratea (96 m. s.e. of Naples), Italy, Dec. 29, 1839. He was educated at the Jesuit college in Salerno and the theological seminary at Naples. He then returned to his native city as a priest, and there founded the Monitore Ecclesiastico, a theological journal. In 1881 he was consecrated bishop of Conversano and in 1897 became assessor of the Holy Office at Rome with the title of archbishop of Lepanto. He was created cardinal priest of San Marcello al Corso in 1901, and is a member of the Congregations of the Consistory, Bishops and Regulars, the Council, Rites, Index, Indulgences, Apostolic Visitation, Provincial Councils, and Propaganda for the Oriental Rite, as well as a commissioner for the apostolic visitation of the dioceses of Italy and the Opera preservationis fidei.

GENNESARET, gen-nes'a-ret. See Galilee, 4; Galilee, Sea of.

GENOA, ARCHBISHOPRIC OF: An ancient metropolitan see of North Italy. The first bishop named by tradition is Salomo or Salonius (c. 269); the first historically known is Valentinus (295; according to some authorities, c. 313). Under Syrus II. (1130-63), the see of Genoa, formerly suffragan to Milan, was raised to metropolitan rank by Innocent II. in 1133. As suffragan bishoprics it had at first only Bobbio and Brugnato, to which were added before long Ventimiglia, Noli, and Albenga, and then three of the six Corsican sees, Accia, Mariana, and Nebbio, the other three remaining under the jurisdiction of Pisa until the end of the thirteenth century. During the French Revolution some of these bishoprics were suppressed. By a bull of 1817 the province was reconstituted with the sees of Albenga, Bobbio, Brugnato, Noli-Savona, Tortona, and Nice; and it has the same to-day with the exception of Ventimiglia in place of Nice. The actual diocese of Genoa contains about 400,000 inhabitants. Among the early archbishops one of the most distinguished was Jacobus de Varagine (q.v.), 1292-98. From the fifteenth century the see was frequently occupied by cardinals.

Bibliography: F. Ughelli, Italia sacra, iv. 830-907, 10 vols., Venice, 1717-22; G. Cappelletti, Le Chiesa d'Italia, xiii. 269 sqq., 21 vols., Venice, 1844-70; M. Rosi, Storia della relazione fra la republica di Genova a la chiesa Romana in rapporto alla riforma religiosa, Rome, 1899; KL, v. 304-308.


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