Pope Paul III

leader of the Catholic Church from 1534 to 1549

Pope Paul III (Latin: Paulus Tertius; February 29, 1468 – November 10, 1549), born Alessandro Farnese, was an Italian priest of the Roman Catholic Church and the 221st Pope from 1534 to 1549.[1]

Paul III
Portrait of Pope Paul III Farnese (by Titian) - National Museum of Capodimonte.jpg
Papacy beganOctober 13, 1534
Papacy endedNovember 10, 1549
PredecessorPope Clement VII
SuccessorPope Julius III
Personal details
Birth nameAlessandro Farnese
BornFebruary 29, 1468
DiedNovember 10, 1549
Other popes named Paul

Early lifeEdit

Alessandro Farnese was born in an ancient Roman family. His grandfather was commander-in-chief of the papal troops under Pope Eugenius IV.[2]


In 1493, Pope Alexander VI made Farnese a cardinal.[3]


Cardinal Farnese was elected Pope in 1534;[2] and he chose to be called Paul III.

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

Council of TrentEdit

He convened the Council of Trent in 1545.[4]

Related pagesEdit


The Coat of Arms of Paul III
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-02.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Pope Paul III," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-10-29.
  3. "Paul III," Encyclopedia Britannica (1911), pp. 955-956.
  4. Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. (1833). "Paul III," Penny cyclopaedia, Vols. 17-18, p. 323.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Paulus III at Wikimedia Commons

  •   "Pope Paul III" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.

Preceded by
Clement VII
Succeeded by
Julius III