New Catholic Dictionary – Pope Paul II


Reigned from 30 August 1464 to 22 March 1471. Born Venice, Italy, on 23 February 1417 as Peitro Barbo; died Rome, Italy, on 22 March 1471. He was Bisohp of Cervia, and of Vicenza, and cardinal. As pope he beautified Rome and revised its statutes, punished the Fraticelli, prosecuted heretics in France and Germany, and lent financial assistance to Hungary. He incurred the displeasure of the historian, Platina, when he suppressed the Roman Academy for its pagan attitude. Renowned for his leniency and charity, he repaired many Italian cities, protected Bolognese territory against floods, and forbade legates, governors and judges to receive gifts.

MLA Citation

  • “Pope Paul II”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 August 2013. Web. 2 March 2021. <>