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Encyclopedia > Urban VII

Urban VII, n Giovanni Battista Castagna (August 4, 1521 - September 27, 1590) was pope for thirteen days in September 1590, was of Genoese origin although born in Rome. He was chosen successor of Sixtus V on September 15, 1590, but died (September 27) before consecration, making his the shortest papal reign in history.

He had previously served as governor of Bologna and as archbishop of Rossano, and was for many years nuncio to Spain; his election to the papacy was largely backed by the Spanish faction.

Preceded by:
Sixtus V
Succeeded by:
Gregory XIV

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Pope Urban VII Information (231 words)
Pope Urban VII (August 4, 1521 – September 27, 1590), born Giovanni Battista Castagna, was Pope for thirteen days in September 1590.
So, considering the Annuario Pontificio's claim, Pope Urban VII would have had the shortest reign in history, but according to the Catholic Encyclopedia, his would be the second shortest reign in history.
Urban VII's short passage in office gave way to the world's first known public smoking ban, as he threatened to excommunicate anyone who "took tobacco in the porchway of or inside a church, whether it be by chewing it, smoking it with a pipe or sniffing it in powdered form through the nose".
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