Luca, John Baptist

, a learned cardinal, was born in 1617, of an obscure family at Venozza in the Basilicate, and raised himself by his learning and merit. He died February 5, 1683, aged sixty-six. He left Notes on the Council of Trent, in Latin; a curious “Account of the Court of Rome,” in Italian, Rome, 1680, 4to; and an elaborate work on the ecclesiastical law, entitled “Theatrum justitiae et veritatis.” The best edition of this last is that printed at Rome, 21 vols. fol. bound in 12. 2