Pope Urban VII

1521 - 1590

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Pope Urban VII (Latin: Urbanus VII; 4 August 1521 – 27 September 1590), born Giovanni Battista Castagna, was the bishop of Rome and hence head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 15 to 27 September 1590. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Urban VII has received more than 268,598 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Pope Urban VII is the 110th most popular religious figure (up from 127th in 2019), the 129th most popular biography from Italy (up from 144th in 2019) and the 31st most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Urban VII is most famous for the papal bull of excommunication he issued against the Jesuits.

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Among religious figures, Pope Urban VII ranks 110 out of 2,272. Before him are Saint Lawrence, Esther, Pope Gregory XVI, Saint Sebastian, Pope Clement I, and Pope Urban VIII. After him are Pope Pius V, Clare of Assisi, Pope Sylvester I, Albertus Magnus, Francis Xavier, and Catherine of Siena.

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Among people born in 1521, Pope Urban VII ranks 1After him are Takeda Shingen, Peter Canisius, Maurice, Elector of Saxony, Christina of Denmark, Maria of Portugal, Duchess of Viseu, Andrew Avellino, Xu Wei, Philippe de Monte, Richard Chancellor, and Thomas Wyatt the Younger. Among people deceased in 1590, Pope Urban VII ranks 1After him are Pope Sixtus V, Charles II, Archduke of Austria, Ambroise Paré, Archduchess Anna of Austria, Christina of Denmark, Gioseffo Zarlino, Bernardino de Sahagún, Francis Walsingham, Charles de Bourbon, Frans Hogenberg, and Giambattista Benedetti.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Urban VII ranks 129 out of 4,088. Before him are Pompey (-106), Pope Gregory XVI (1765), Cesare Borgia (1475), Pope Clement I (40), Tomaso Albinoni (1671), and Pope Urban VIII (1568). After him are Pope Pius V (1504), Plautus (-254), Clare of Assisi (1193), Victor Emmanuel II of Italy (1820), Nerva (30), and Donato Bramante (1443).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Urban VII ranks 31Before him are Pope Pius II (1405), Pope Pius III (1439), Pope Pius VII (1742), Pope Gregory XVI (1765), Pope Clement I (40), and Pope Urban VIII (1568). After him are Pope Pius V (1504), Clare of Assisi (1193), Pope Sylvester I (300), Catherine of Siena (1347), Pope Pius VI (1717), and Pope Pius VIII (1761).