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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 4 August 1521(1521-08-04)
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 for thirteen days in September 1590.[1]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.[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]

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.

Other websites

Media related to Urbanus VII at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Sixtus V
Succeeded by
Gregory XIV