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Celestine III
Papacy began 21 March 1191
Papacy ended 8 January 1198
Predecessor Pope Clement III
Successor Pope Innocent III
Personal details
Birth name Giacinto Bobone
Born 1106
Died January 8, 1198(1198-01-08)
Other Popes named Celestine
Pope Celestine, St William and an unidentified Prelate, East Window, York Minster
Image of Pope Celestine III (middle) in the east window of York Minster

Pope Celestine III (Latin: Coelestinus Tertius; 1106 – 8 January 1198), born Giacinto Bobone, was an Italian cleric of the Roman Catholic Church and the 176th Pope from 1191 until his death in 1198.

Early life

He was born into the noble Orsini family in Rome.


In 1145, he is raised to the rank of cardinal.


Cardinal Bobone was elected pope on March 30, 1191; and he chose to be called Celestine III.

Pope Celestine was involved in Italian and European political disputes. He crowned the Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI. He excommunicated Duke Leopold of Austria and King Alonso IX of Leon.

After becoming pope, he was ordained a priest on April 13, 1191.

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