Pope Urban VI

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Urban VI
Papacy began April 8, 1378
Papacy ended October 15, 1389
Predecessor Pope Gregory XI
Successor Pope Boniface IX
Personal details
Birth name Bartolomeo Prignano
Born 1318
Naples
Died October 15, 1389
Rome

Other Popes named Urban

Pope Urban VI (Latin: Urbanus Sextus; c. 1318 – October 15, 1389), born Bartolomeo Prignano, was an Italian priest of the Roman Catholic Church and the 203rd Pope from 1378 to 1389.[1]

Early life[change | change source]

Prignano was born in Naples.[2]

Bishop[change | change source]

In 1364, Prignano was made the Archbishop of Acerenza by Pope Urban V.[2]

Pope Gregory XI made Prignano Archbishop of Bari in 1377.[2]

Cardinal[change | change source]

He was not a cardinal. There were several Popes who were not Cardinals. One of these was Pope Urban V.

Pope[change | change source]

Prignano was elected pope on April 8, 1378; and he chose to be called Pope Urban VI.[3]

Western schism[change | change source]

A period called the "Western Schism" began on 20 September 20, 1378 when Robert of Geneva (also known as Clement VII) was chosen pope by 13 French cardinals.[4] Clement VII is now considered to have been an antipope.[5]

A large part of Germany, Flanders, Italy (with exception of Naples), England and Ireland recognized Urban VI as the pope; but many in Western Europe supported the papacy of Clement VII.[4]

Popes of the Western Schism
Antipope John XXIII Antipope John XXIII Antipope Alexander V Pope Gregory XII Pope Innocent VII Pope Innocent VII Pope Boniface IX Pope Urban VI Avignon Pope Benedict XIII Avignon Pope Clement VII Pope Martin V Pope Gregory XI

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

The Coat of Arms of Urban VI
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-13.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Pope Urban VI," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-13.
  3. Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. (1843). "Urban VI," Penny cyclopaedia, Vol. 26, p. 44.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Western Schism," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-13.
  5. "Robert of Geneva," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-13.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Urbanus VI at Wikimedia Commons


Preceded by
Gregory XI
Pope
1378–1389
Succeeded by
Boniface IX