Barberini, Francesco fränchās´kō bärbārē´nē [key], 1597–1679, Italian prelate and Orientalist, a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and the nephew of Urban VIII. He was a founder of the library at Rome noted for rare manuscripts; many of these are now in the library of the Vatican.
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