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Julius III
Papacy began 7 February 1550
Papacy ended 23 March 1555
Predecessor Pope Paul III
Successor Pope Marcellus II
Consecration 12 November 1514
by Antonio Maria Ciocchi del Monte
Created Cardinal 22 December 1536
Personal details
Birth name Giovanni Maria Ciocchi del Monte
Born (1487-09-10)10 September 1487
Rome, Papal State
Died 23 March 1555(1555-03-23) (aged 67)
Rome, Papal State
Other Popes named Julius
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Bronze statue in Perugia, 1555

Pope Julius III (Latin: Julius Tertius; 10 September 1487 – 23 March 1555), born Giovanni Maria Ciocchi del Monte, was an Italian priest of the Roman Catholic Church and the 222nd Pope from February 1550 until his death in 1555.

Early life

Giovanni Maria Ciocchi del Monte was born in Rome in 1487.

Ciocchi del Monte studied law at the University of Perugia and the University of Siena.


In 1512, Ciocchi del Monte became Archbishop of Siponto (Manfredonia) in Apulia.

Inm 1520, he was made Bishop of Pavia.


Pope Paul III made Ciocchi del Monte a Cardinal in 1536. He became Cardinal-Bishop of Palestrina in 1543.

He participated in the Council of Trent.


Cardinal Ciocchi del Monte was elected pope on 7 February 1550.

Pope Julius was involved in Italian and European political disputes.

Pope Julius re-opened the Council of Trent.

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