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 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 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 321,829 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 72 in 2019). Pope Paul V is the 131st most popular religious figure (down from 114th in 2019), the 162nd most popular biography from Italy (down from 131st in 2019) and the 44th 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 131 out of 2,272Before him are Anselm of Canterbury, Pope Gregory IX, Pope Clement VIII, Pope Benedict XIV, Bridget of Sweden, and Barnabas. After him are Miriam, Pope Leo I, Pope Gregory XII, Pope Sixtus V, Pope Clement XII, and Pope Gregory XI.

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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, Seonjo of Joseon, Lavinia Fontana, Edmund Spenser, Hans von Aachen, Jost Bürgi, Henri, Prince of Condé, and Petrus Plancius. Among people deceased in 1621, Pope Paul V ranks 1After him are Philip III of Spain, Robert Bellarmine, Albert VII, Archduke of Austria, Thomas Harriot, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Cosimo II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Michael Praetorius, Jan Karol Chodkiewicz, Cristofano Allori, Maria Christina, Princess of Transylvania, and Johann Arndt.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Paul V ranks 162 out of 4,088Before him are Pope Benedict XIV (1675), Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922), Guillaume Apollinaire (1880), Suetonius (70), Marcello Mastroianni (1924), and Numa Pompilius (-753). After him are Lucius Verus (130), Victor Emmanuel III of Italy (1869), Pertinax (126), Pope Leo I (390), Pope Gregory XII (1335), and Amedeo Avogadro (1776).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Paul V ranks 44Before him are Agatha of Sicily (235), Pope Leo XII (1760), Anselm of Canterbury (1033), Pope Gregory IX (1160), Pope Clement VIII (1536), and Pope Benedict XIV (1675). After him are Pope Leo I (390), Pope Gregory XII (1335), Pope Sixtus V (1520), Pope Clement XII (1652), Pope Innocent X (1574), and Pope Formosus (816).