New Catholic Dictionary – Pope Adrian VI

detail of a sculpture of Pope Adrian VI, date and artist unknown; La Ampolla, Tarragona, Spain; photographed on 8 September 2016 by M.Peinado; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Reigned from 9 January 1522 to 14 September 1523. Born on 2 March 1459 at Utrecht, Nederlands as Adrian Florensz; 14 September 1523 at Rome, Italy. As vice-chancellor of the University of Louvain he advanced arts and sciences. In 1506 he became tutor to Charles V, later Grand Inquisitor, and in 1520 regent of Spain. During his pontificate he met with opposition in his efforts to reform the Curia and to repair extravagances. He appealed in vain to Christian rulers to oppose the advancing Turks, and his death was hastened by the fall of Rhodes into their hands.

MLA Citation

  • “Pope Adrian VI”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 October 2018. Web. 26 February 2021. <>