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Pope Paul IV

(Gian Pietro Carafa)

1555.05.23 – 1559.08.18

Bishop of Rome

Vicar of Jesus Christ

Successor of the Prince of the Apostles

Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church

Patriarch of the West

Primate of Italy Italy

Metropolitan Archbishop of the Province of Rome

Sovereign of the Vatican City State Vatican City State

Servant of the Servants of God


Episcopal Motto: Dominus mihi adjutor

Born:1476.06.28 (Italy)
Ordained Priest:
Consecrated Bishop:1505.09.18
Created Cardinal:1536.12.22
Elected as Supreme Pontiff:1555.05.23
Installed as Supreme Pontiff:1555.05.26
Died:1559.08.18 († 83)

Bishop of Chieti (Italy) (1506.07.30 – 1518.12.20)

Apostolic Administrator of Chieti (Italy) (1518.12.20 – 1524)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Brindisi (Italy) (1518.12.20 – 1524.08.08)

Founder of Congregation of Clerics Regular (Theatines) (1524.09.14)

Apostolic Administrator of Acerra (Italy) (1535 – 1537)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Pancrazio (1537.01.15 – 1537.09.24)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Chieti (Italy) (1537.06.20 – 1549.02.22)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Sisto (1537.09.24 – 1541.07.06)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Clemente (1541.07.06 – 1543.09.24)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria in Trastevere (1543.09.24 – 1544.10.17)

Cardinal-Bishop of Albano (1544.10.17 – 1546.10.08)

Cardinal-Bishop of Sabina (1546.10.08 – 1550.02.28)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Napoli (Italy) (1549.02.23 – 1555.05.23)

Cardinal-Bishop of Frascati (1550.02.28 – 1553.11.29)

Cardinal-Bishop of Porto e Santa Rufina (1553.11.29 – 1553.12.11)

Cardinal Vice-Dean of Sacred College of Cardinals (1553.11.29 – 1553.12.11)

Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia–Velletri (1553.12.11 – 1555.05.23)

Cardinal Dean of Sacred College of Cardinals (1553.12.11 – 1555.05.23)

Supreme Pontiff (1555.05.23 [1555.05.26] – 1559.08.18)

Cardinals Created:
Cardinals Created 19 Cardinals (4 Consistories)

Buried at:
Cardinal-Title Basilica Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Roma, Italy (Tomb monument)


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