Habemus Papam: Episode 221 – Paul IV

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A very strict inquisitorial reforming Pope, who doesn’t make a lot of friends. In this episode of Habemus Papam, Fr. Conrad discusses Pope Paul IV, who succeeded Pope Marcellus II, who you can listen to here.

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Pope Paul IV, born Gian Pietro Carafa into a prominent family of Napes on June 28, 1476. His relative, Cardinal Olivero, resigned in favor of Gian Pietro.

In 1524, Pope Clement VII allowed Bishop Carafa (Gian Pietro) to resign his benefices and join the Congregation of Clerks and Regulars, which is known as the Theatines. Pope Paul III called Bishop Carafa back to rome to help with reform.

The Church made him Cardinal in December 1536 of S. Pancrazio and Carafa became Pope on May 23, 1555 after Pope Marcellus II died. Carafa took the name, Paul IV. Known for his strict reform. His health began to deteriorate in May 1559. He still held public audiences and meetings of the Roman Inquisition, which he helped to establish under Pope Paul III. On August 17, 1559, he neared death and He died at 5 pm on August 18th. Pope Pius IV succeeded him.

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