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PORRO, Francis, clergyman, died about 1802. He was a member of the order of Franciscans, and belonged to the convent of the Holy Apostles in Rome. Bishop Portier, when he was at Rome in 1829, saw a portrait of Porro as bishop of New Orleans. It was supposed that he was consecrated in 1802, and died on the eve of his departure for Louisiana. It is now believed that he was never consecrated, as it was known at Rome that the Spanish government was not likely to retain possession of Louisiana, in which case it was doubtful whether the diocese could support a bishop. See Archbishop Spalding's " Life of Bishop Flaget."
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