Thursday, June 07, 2007

Two Hundred Twenty-eighth Pope: Urban VII - 1 comments

Urban is known for two really remarkable facts.

1. He banned smoking in all churches, and even on the front steps. This was in 1590, less than one hundred years after tobacco was brought to Europe from the New World. Urban was fighting a losing battle.

2. He had the absolute shortest reign of any pope! He died of malaria only thirteen days after his election, and never actually made it to his consecration. He ruled from September 15-27, 1590.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well at least he did something big in that short time. I'd have still been decorating my office... picking out the papal curtains and all...

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