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 499,197 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 74 in 2019). Pope Urban VIII is the 109th most popular religious figure, the 123rd most popular biography from Italy (up from 128th in 2019) and the 27th most popular 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 2,238Before him are Bilal ibn Rabah, Albertus Magnus, Pope Pius V, Elizabeth, Esther, and Pope Pius III. After him are Salome, Pope Clement I, Pope Gregory XVI, Simon the Zealot, Thérèse of Lisieux, and Hassan-i Sabbah.

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Among people born in 1568, Pope Urban VIII ranks 1After him are Tommaso Campanella, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Aloysius Gonzaga, Gunilla Bielke, Wei Zhongxian, Adriano Banchieri, Virginia de' Medici, Giuseppe Cesari, Anna Vasa of Sweden, Christian I, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg, and Teodósio II, Duke of Braganza. 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, Agostino Tassi, Guru Hargobind, and Luis Vélez de Guevara.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Urban VIII ranks 123 out of 4,668Before him are Pope Pius V (1504), Victor Emmanuel II of Italy (1820), Cardinal Mazarin (1602), Sulla (-138), Cesare Borgia (1475), and Pope Pius III (1439). After him are Pope Clement I (40), Pope Gregory XVI (1765), Plautus (-254), Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463), Donato Bramante (1443), and Pope Gregory IX (1160).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Urban VIII ranks 27Before him are Pope Paul III (1468), Pope Leo XIII (1810), Pope Innocent III (1160), Agatha of Sicily (235), Pope Pius V (1504), and Pope Pius III (1439). After him are Pope Clement I (40), Pope Gregory XVI (1765), Pope Gregory IX (1160), Pope Gregory XV (1554), Anselm of Canterbury (1033), and Pope Boniface VIII (1235).