Pope Celestine V

Pope of the Catholic Church from July to December 1294

Pope Celestine V(Latin: Coelestinus Quintus; 1215 – 19 May 1296), born Pietro Angelerio di Morrone, was an Italian cleric of the Roman Catholic Church and the 193rd Pope for less than six months in 1294.[1]

Celestine V
Papacy began5 July 1294
Papacy ended13 December 1294
PredecessorPope Nicholas IV
SuccessorPope Boniface VIII
Personal details
Birth namePietro Angelerio
Isernia, Kingdom of Sicily
Died1296 (aged 80–81)
Ferentino, Papal States
Other popes named Celestine

Celestine V is a saint of the Catholic Church.[2]

Early life


Pietro Angelerio was born in the Neopolitan province of Moline.[2]



In 1232, Angelerio became a Benedictine monk at age 17; and he was later ordained a priest.[2]

Opuscula omnia, 1640

In July 1294, the monk was elected pope;[2] and in the same year, he abdicated or resigned from his office.[3]

Pope Boniface VIII confined the former pope in the castle of Fumone, and he died there.[4]

After his death


In 1313, Celestine was made a saint by Pope Clement V.[5]



Coat of arms of Celestine V
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-02.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Pope St. Celestine V," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-3.
  3. Lizzy Davies. "Pope Benedict XVI resigns," Guardian UK). 11 February 2013; retrieved 2013-2-11.
  4. Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. (1836). "Celestine V," Penny cyclopaedia, Vol. 6, p. 400.
  5. Beckett, William. (1836). "Celestine V," A Universal Biography, Vol. 1, pp. 720-721.

Other websites


  Media related to Caelestinus V at Wikimedia Commons

  •   "Pope St. Celestine V" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
  • Catholic Hierarchy, Pope Celestine V
Preceded by
Nicholas IV
Succeeded by
Boniface VIII