Pope Paul V

1552 - 1621

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Pope Paul V (Latin: Paulus V; Italian: Paolo V) (17 September 1550 – 28 January 1621), born Camillo Borghese, was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 16 May 1605 to his death, in January 1621. In 1611, he honored Galileo Galilei as a member of the papal Accademia dei Lincei and supported his discoveries. In 1616, Pope Paul V instructed Cardinal Robert Bellarmine to inform Galileo that the Copernican theory could not be taught as fact, but Bellarmine's certificate allowed Galileo to continue his studies in search for evidence and use the geocentric model as a theoretical device. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Paul V has received more than 532,399 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 76 in 2019). Pope Paul V is the 143rd most popular religious figure (up from 199th in 2019), the 164th most popular biography from Italy (up from 233rd in 2019) and the 46th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Paul V is most famous for being the pope who excommunicated Galileo for his teachings on heliocentrism.

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Among religious figures, Pope Paul V ranks 143 out of 3,187Before him are Pope Leo XI, Anselm of Canterbury, Pope Clement I, Moses in Islam, Pope Pius VII, and Barnabas. After him are Mani, Pope Lucius I, Pope Innocent VIII, Pope John XXII, Isidore of Seville, and Pope Sylvester III.

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Among people born in 1552, Pope Paul V ranks 2Before him is Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor. After him are Boris Godunov, Matteo Ricci, Vasili IV of Russia, Hans von Aachen, Lavinia Fontana, Seonjo of Joseon, Jost Bürgi, Edmund Spenser, Dom Justo Takayama, and Petrus Plancius. Among people deceased in 1621, Pope Paul V ranks 2Before him is Philip III of Spain. After him are Robert Bellarmine, Albert VII, Archduke of Austria, Thomas Harriot, Cosimo II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Michael Praetorius, Şehzade Mehmed, Jan Karol Chodkiewicz, Cristofano Allori, and Catherine Stenbock.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Paul V ranks 164 out of 5,161Before him are Anselm of Canterbury (1033), Pope Clement I (40), Gaius Marius (-157), Fra Angelico (1400), Sergio Mattarella (1941), and Pope Pius VII (1742). After him are Carlo Collodi (1826), Pope Lucius I (200), Pope Innocent VIII (1432), Pope Sylvester III (1000), Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463), and Pope Gregory XV (1554).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Paul V ranks 46Before him are Pope Clement VIII (1536), Pope Pius VI (1717), Pope Leo XI (1535), Anselm of Canterbury (1033), Pope Clement I (40), and Pope Pius VII (1742). After him are Pope Lucius I (200), Pope Innocent VIII (1432), Pope Sylvester III (1000), Pope Gregory XV (1554), Pope Leo XII (1760), and Pope Benedict XIII (1649).