Pope Urban VIII

1568 - 1644

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Pope Urban VIII (Latin: Urbanus VIII; Italian: Urbano VIII; baptised 5 April 1568 – 29 July 1644), born Maffeo Vincenzo Barberini, was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 6 August 1623 to his death in 1644. As pope, he expanded the papal territory by force of arms and advantageous politicking, and was also a prominent patron of the arts and a reformer of Church missions. However, the massive debts incurred during his pontificate greatly weakened his successors, who were unable to maintain the papacy's longstanding political and military influence in Europe. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Urban VIII has received more than 479,118 page views. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 73 in 2019). Pope Urban VIII is the 109th most popular religious figure (down from 87th in 2019), the 128th most popular biography from Italy (down from 103rd in 2019) and the 30th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Urban VIII is most famous for his decision to suppress the Jesuits.

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Among religious figures, Pope Urban VIII ranks 109 out of 2,272Before him are Pope Clement V, Saint Lawrence, Esther, Pope Gregory XVI, Saint Sebastian, and Pope Clement I. After him are Pope Urban VII, Pope Pius V, Clare of Assisi, Pope Sylvester I, Albertus Magnus, and Francis Xavier.

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Among people born in 1568, Pope Urban VIII ranks 1After him are Tommaso Campanella, Aloysius Gonzaga, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Wei Zhongxian, Adriano Banchieri, Gunilla Bielke, Virginia de' Medici, Christian I, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg, Giuseppe Cesari, Michael Maier, and Marino Ghetaldi. Among people deceased in 1644, Pope Urban VIII ranks 1After him are Elisabeth of France, Chongzhen Emperor, Jan Baptist van Helmont, Cecilia Renata of Austria, Alfonso III d'Este, Duke of Modena, Francisco Pacheco, Bernardo Strozzi, Countess Louise Juliana of Nassau, Guru Hargobind, Luis Vélez de Guevara, and Geoffrey Keating.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Urban VIII ranks 128 out of 4,088Before him are Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632), Pompey (-106), Pope Gregory XVI (1765), Cesare Borgia (1475), Pope Clement I (40), and Tomaso Albinoni (1671). After him are Pope Urban VII (1521), Pope Pius V (1504), Plautus (-254), Clare of Assisi (1193), Victor Emmanuel II of Italy (1820), and Nerva (30).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Urban VIII ranks 30Before him are Pope Boniface VIII (1235), Pope Pius II (1405), Pope Pius III (1439), Pope Pius VII (1742), Pope Gregory XVI (1765), and Pope Clement I (40). After him are Pope Urban VII (1521), Pope Pius V (1504), Clare of Assisi (1193), Pope Sylvester I (300), Catherine of Siena (1347), and Pope Pius VI (1717).