Pope Paul V

Pope from 1605 to 1621

Pope Paul V (Latin: Paulus Quintus; Rome, 17 September 1552 – 28 January 1621), born Camillo Borghese, was an Italian priest of the Roman Catholic Church and the 234th Pope from 16 May 1605 until his death.[1]

Paul V
Papacy began16 May 1605
Papacy ended28 January 1621
PredecessorPope Leo XI
SuccessorPope Gregory XV
Personal details
Birth nameCamillo Borghese
Born17 September 1552
Rome, Papal States
Died28 January 1621
Rome, Papal States
Other popes named Paul

Early life


He was born in Rome. He was a son of the noble Borghese family of Siena.[2]



In June 1596 he was made Cardinal.[3]

Cardinal Borghese was elected pope in 1605;[2] and he chose to be called Paul V.

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

Relations with Japan


In October 1615, Paul V received a diplomatic mission from Japan. The embassy was led by Hasekura Tsunenaga.[4]



Paul V financed work on the unfinished St. Peter's Basilica.[2] He enlarged the Vatican Palace and Quirinale Palace, restored the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, constructed or repaired aqueducts. He also made additions to the Vatican library.[5]

Canonisations and Beatifications


Paul V canonised Charles Borromeo and Frances of Rome. He beatified Ignatius Loyola, Philip Neri, Theresa of Avila and Francis Xavier.[2]



The Coat of Arms of Paul V
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-02.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Pope Paul V," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-10-27.
  3. "Paul V," Encyclopedia Britannica (1911), p. 956.
  4. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Hasekura Tsunenaga" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 412.
  5. Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. (1833). "Paul V," Penny cyclopaedia, Vols. 17-18, p. 323.

Other websites


  Media related to Paulus V at Wikimedia Commons

  •   "Pope Paul V" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
  • Catholic Hierarchy, Pope Paul V
  • Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, Cardinal Borghese Archived 2018-01-09 at Archive.today
Preceded by
Leo XI
Succeeded by
Gregory XV