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Contarini, Gasparo

Contarini, Gasparo (1483–1542). Christian cardinal, who led those proposing reform of the Church to Pope Paul III. By 1511, he had already come to the conclusion that humans are justified by faith, not works, and this conclusion enabled him to view Protestant claims with sympathy. He was papal legate to the Regensburg Colloquy (1541), where Protestants and Roman Catholics sought terms on which to reunify the Church. Both sides rejected his proposal of double justification. He died a year later as papal governor of Bologna.

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Contarini

Contarini (kōntärē´nē), ancient Venetian family, including eight doges, a cardinal, and several artists. The most celebrated member was Andrea Contarini, 1300?–1382. He was doge (1368–82) at the time of the War of Chioggia between Venice and Genoa; he proved his patriotism by melting his gold and silver plate and mortgaging his lands to raise money for the state.

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