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Pope Urban VII

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Pope Urban VII (Latin: Urbanus VII; 4 August 1521 – 27 September 1590), born Giovanni Battista Castagna, was an Italian priest of the Roman Catholic Church and the 229th Pope. He ruled for thirteen days in September 1590[1], and died before his consecration. This makes him the shortest reigning Pope in the history of the Catholic Church.

Urban VII
Papacy began15 September 1590
Papacy ended27 September 1590
PredecessorPope Sixtus V
SuccessorPope Gregory XIV
Personal details
Birth nameGiovanni Battista Castagna
Born(1521-08-04)4 August 1521
Rome
Died27 September 1590(1590-09-27) (aged 69)
Rome
Other Popes named Urban

Early lifeEdit

Castagna was of Genoese origin, although born in Rome.[2]

PriestEdit

Castagna was ordained priest 30 March 30, 1553.[3]

BishopEdit

Pope Julius III appointed him Archbishop of Rossano on March 1, 1553.[3]

CardinalEdit

In 1584, Pope Gregory XIII made Castagna Cardinal of S. Marcello.[3]

PopeEdit

Cardinal Castagna was elected pope on 15 September 1590.[3] He chose the name Urban, which in Latin signifies "kind".[3]

Pope Urban died from Malaria on September 27, 1590.[3]

Related pagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

 
The Coat of Arms of Urban VII
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-13.
  2. Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. (1843). "Urban VII," Penny cyclopaedia, Vol. 26, p. 45.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "Pope Urban VII," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-13.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Urbanus VII at Wikimedia Commons

  •   "Pope Urban VII" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.


Preceded by
Sixtus V
Pope
1590
Succeeded by
Gregory XIV