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Paul III
Papacy began October 13, 1534
Papacy ended November 10, 1549
Predecessor Pope Clement VII
Successor Pope Julius III
Personal details
Birth name Alessandro Farnese
Born February 29, 1468
Died November 10, 1549
Other Popes named Paul

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.

Early life

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


In 1493, Pope Alexander IV made Farnese a cardinal.


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

Pope Paul was involved in Italian and European political disputes.

Council of Trent

He convened the Council of Trent in 1545.

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