Pope Urban VII

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

Urban VII
Papacy began15 September 1590
Papacy ended27 September 1590
PredecessorPope Sixtus V
SuccessorPope Gregory XIV
Personal details
Birth nameGiovanni Battista Castagna
Born(1521-08-04)4 August 1521
Died27 September 1590(1590-09-27) (aged 69)
Other Popes named Urban

Early life

Castagna was of Genoese origin, although born in Rome.[2]


Castagna was ordained priest 30 March 30, 1553.[3]


Pope Julius III appointed him Archbishop of Rossano on March 1, 1553.[3]


In 1584, Pope Gregory XIII made Castagna Cardinal of S. Marcello.[3]


Cardinal Castagna was elected pope on 15 September 1590.[3] He chose the name Urban, which in Latin signifies "kind".[3]

Pope Urban died from Malaria on September 27, 1590.[3]

Pope Urban VII Media

Related pages


The Coat of Arms of Urban VII
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-13.
  2. Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. (1843). "Urban VII," Penny cyclopaedia, Vol. 26, p. 45.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "Pope Urban VII," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-13.

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  Media related to Urbanus VII at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Sixtus V
Succeeded by
Gregory XIV