Pope Paul II

pope of the Catholic Church from 1464 to 1471

Pope Paul II (Latin: Paulus Secundus; 23 February 1417 – 26 July 1471), born Pietro Barbo, was an Italian priest of the Roman Catholic Church and the 212th Pope from 1464 until his death in 1471.[1]

Paul II
Papacy began30 August 1464
Papacy ended26 July 1471
PredecessorPope Pius II
SuccessorPope Sixtus IV
Personal details
Birth namePietro Barbo
Born(1417-02-23)23 February 1417
Died26 July 1471(1471-07-26) (aged 54)
Other popes named Paul

Early life


Pietro Barbo was born in Venice. He was a nephew of Pope Eugene IV.[2]



Barbo became a cardinal in 1440.[3] He was sometimes called the Venetian cardinal.[2]

Barbo was elected Pope on 30 August 1464;[2] and he chose to be called Paul II.

Pope Paul was involved in Italian and European political disputes.[2]

The Cardinals' right to wear the red biretta was granted by Paul II.[4]

After his death


The accounts of histories written soon after his death were unfavorable.[5]



The Coat of Arms of Paul II
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-02.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Pope Paul II," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-10-29.
  3. "Paul II," Encyclopedia Britannica (1911), pp. 955.
  4. "Cardinal," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-01.
  5. Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. (1833). "Paul II," Penny cyclopaedia, Vols. 17-18, pp. 322-323.

More reading


Other websites


  Media related to Paulus II at Wikimedia Commons

  •   "Pope Paul II" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
  • Catholic Hierarchy, Pope Paul II
  • Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, Cardinal Barbo Archived 2011-01-31 at the Wayback Machine; "The election of Pope Paul II (1464)"
Preceded by
Pius II
Succeeded by
Sixtus IV