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Pope Urban VII
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Religious Figure
    (August 4, 1521-September 27, 1590)
    Birth name was Giovanni Battista Castagna
    229th Pope
    Reigned September 15-27, 1590
    Shortest reigning pope on record
    He died of malaria before he was officially consecrated as Pope. (smited?)
    He came from a noble family.
    His family was highly placed in Rome, which helped him.
    He was a socialist who gave much of the wealth of the rich to the poor.
    He attained doctorates in both civil and canonical law.
    He was an excellent negotiator and diplomat.
    His election as pope was heralded because of his piety, knowledge, and leadership abilities.
    He chose the name 'Urban' as a reminder to always be kind to everyone.
    His first acts were aimed at helping the poor, even paying for some out of his own pocket.
    Had he lived, he probably would have been remembered as one of the best popes.
    He willed his entire estate to the poor.

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