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Urban VII
Papacy began 15 September 1590
Papacy ended 27 September 1590
Predecessor Pope Sixtus V
Successor Pope Gregory XIV
Personal details
Birth name Giovanni Battista Castagna
Born (1521-08-04)4 August 1521
Died 27 September 1590(1590-09-27) (aged 69)
Other Popes named Urban

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, and died before his consecration, from malaria. This makes him the shortest reigning Pope in the history of the Catholic Church.

Early life

Castagna was of Genoese origin, although born in Rome.


Castagna was ordained priest 30 March 30, 1553.


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


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


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

Pope Urban died from Malaria on September 27, 1590.

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C o a Urbano VII
The Coat of Arms of Urban VII
Preceded by
Sixtus V
Succeeded by
Gregory XIV

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