Pope Urban VIII facts

Urban VIII
Papacy began 6 August 1623
Papacy ended 29 July 1644
Predecessor Pope Gregory XV
Successor Pope Innocent X
Personal details
Birth name Maffeo Barberini
Born 5 April 1568
Florence
Died 29 July 1644
Rome
Other Popes named Urban

Pope Urban VIII (Latin: Urbanus Quartus; 5 April 1568 – 29 July 1644), born Maffeo Barberini, was an Italian cleric of the Roman Catholic Church and the 236th Pope from 1623 to 1644.

Early life

Maffeo Barberini was born in 1568 into the Barberini family of Florence in Italy. His studies led to a doctorate of law from the University of Pisa in 1589.

Bishop

In 1604, Pope Clement VIII appointed Barberini Archbishop of Nazareth. He was transferred by Pope Paul V who made him the Bishop of Spoleto in 1608.

Cardinal

In 1606, Paul V raising Barberini to be Cardinal of S. Pietro in Montorio.

Pope

Cardina Barberini was elected pope on August 6, 1623; and took the name Urban VIII.

Pope Urban was involved in Italian and European political disputes.

During his reign, the papal palace at Castel Gandolfo was built.

Pope Urban caused the baldachin to be built over the central alter in St. Peter's Basilica.

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