• Born date: 1568-04-05
  • Born in: Duchy of Florence
  • Death date: 1644-07-29
  • Death in: Papal States
Pope Urban VIII

Pope Urban VIII (Latin: Urbanus VIII; baptised 5 April 1568 – 29 July 1644), was Pope from 6 August 1623 to his death in 1644. He was the last pope to expand the papal territory by force of arms[citation needed], and was a prominent patron of the arts and reformer of Church missions. However, the massive debts incurred during his papacy greatly weakened his successors, who were unable to maintain the papacy's longstanding political and military influence in Europe.