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VEGA, Feliciano de (vay'-gah), Peruvian R. C. bishop, born in Lima in 1580; died in Mazatlan, Mexico, in 1640. He was noted for his knowledge of canon and civil law, held the office of judge in Peru, and is said to have rendered more than 4,000 decisions, not one of which was rescinded on appeal to the higher courts. He was appointed bishop of Popayan in 1628, of La Paz in 1638, and archbishop of Mexico in 1639, but fell sick on his arrival at Acapulco in 1640, and was transported to Mazatlan, where he died of yellow fever He published several works on canon and civil law, among them "De adquirenda haereditate" (Lima, 1605) and "Relectiones Canonicae in Secundum Decretalium librum" (1633).
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