Pope Gregory XV

[Pope Gregory XV]
Also known as
Alessandro Ludovisio; Alessandro Ludovisi
Educated by the Jesuits. Judge. Archbishop of Cremona, Italy. Papal nuncio to Savoy. Cardinal-priest. 234th pope in 1621. Unlike many of his brother popes of the era, Gregory was little involved in European politics. Worked with the Holy Roman Emperor to slow the spread of Protestantism in Germany; helped finance Ferdinand II's move to reclaim Bohemia. Supported the king of Poland against invading Turks. Supported reforming efforts within the clergy and cloister. Established the Sacred Congregation of Propaganda to regulate missionary work. Founded the International college for Benedictines at Rome. Issued the last papal ordinance against witchcraft in 1623. Secured more tolerance for Catholics in England. Supported Catholics in the Netherlands. His Bull "AEterni Patris" laid out the rules that governed papal elections for centuries.
1554 at Bologna, Italy as Alessandro Ludovisio
Papal Ascension
9 February 1621
18 July 1623 at Rome, Italy of natural causes
Additional Information
  • New Catholic Dictionary
  • Beatifications
    1621: Saint Aloysius Gonzaga
    1622: Saint Peter of Alcantara
    1622: Saint Francis Xavier
    1622: Saint Ignatius of Loyola
    1622: Saint Isidore the Farmer
    1622: Saint Philip Neri
    1622: Saint Teresa of Avila
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