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cardinal. An adherent of the New Learning, he became famous as a theologian. Though only a layman, he was made a cardinal in 1535. In 1536 he was put on a commission which was to prepare the way for the Council (of Trent) and at the Conference of Ratisbon (1541) he took an active part in this last attempt to secure union with the Lutherans. His mystical experience of 1511 antedated M. Luther's famous Turmerlebnis by several years.

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