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Pope Paul V


Key Facts
Other names Camillo Borghese
Born 1552
Location Rome, Italy
Bloodline Borghese
Position Pope (1605-1621)
Died January 28, 1621 (aged 68)







Source of Facts and Important Announcement
Status Under Article 64.6 of the Covenant of One-Heaven (Pactum De Singularis Caelum) by Special Qualification shall be known as a Saint, with all sins and evil acts they performed forgiven.
Date of formal Beatification Day of Redemption GAIA E1:Y1:A1:S1:M9:D1 also known as [Fri, 21 Dec 2012].
Source of Facts Self Confession and Revelation of Sainthood by the Deceased Spirit as condition of their confirmation as a true Saint.
Source of Facts Self Confession and Revelation of Sainthood by the Deceased Spirit as condition of their confirmation as a true Saint.



He was born into the noble Borghese family of Siena which had recently fled to Rome, and ROMANUS appears in most of his inscriptions. He began as a lawyer educated at Perugia and Padua.

In June 1596 he was made cardinal and Cardinal-Vicar of Rome by Pope Clement VIII, and had as secretary Niccolò Alamanni.

When Pope Leo XI died, 1605, Cardinal Borghese became Pope over a number of candidates including Caesar Baronius and Robert Bellarmine.

Pope Paul V was concerned with the growth of scientific thought that was challenging the flat earth view developed and ruthlessly maintained by the Catholic Church for hundreds of years. Pope Paul met with Galileo Galilei in 1616 after Cardinal Bellarmine had, on his orders, warned Galileo not to hold or defend the heliocentric ideas of Copernicus.

Upon King James I of England (1603-1625) ascension to the throne, Pope Paul V sent letter congratulating the King in the hope of securing greater influence for the Catholic Church. However, the actions of James in Scotland and more particularly Ireland against the Catholics dashed the hopes of the Vatican.

Pope Paul V met with Jesuit Superio General Claudio Acquaviva S.J. in 1602 and a plot to kill the King and the English Parliament was hatched. Acquaviva S.J. commissioned English Jesuit Henry Garnett S.J. who in turn activated the Jesuits in England to press English noble families still Catholic to assist.

Oswald Tesimond S.J. the confessor to a number of noble English families including Robert Catesby ensured financial support and the formation of the secret council for the assassination attempt later known as the GunPowder Plot.

When the plot failed on 5th November 1605, the Catholic conspirators were rounded up and executed by the English, including Henry Garnett S.J.

Pope Paul V was dismayed at the news and issued a written statement (now lost) at the Vatican praised the Jesuits, condemned King James I and spoke openly of his hopes that the Gundpowder Plot would have succeeded.

Paul V died on January 28, 1621 in Rome and was succeeded by Gregory XV.

Most Evil Crimes

List of most evil crimes Type Year Crime Of attempted political assassination (1605) That at least 13 Catholic noblemen and 5 Jesuit priests did form a conspiracy upon the orders of Jesuit Superior-General Claudius Acquaviva known as ‘Gunpowder Plot’ devising a plan to explode 36 barrels of gunpowder in the cellar of the House of Lords and kill King James I, and members of Commons, as they assembled for the opening of Parliament on 5 November 1605. That their plan was to blow up the Parliament building, and out of the chaos, incite the English people into a full insurrection out of which Catholic dominance could be re-established. Of Murder (political assassination): (1610) That King Henry IV of France was murdered upon the order of Jesuit Superior-General Claudius Acquaviva in response to his attempts to grant religious liberty through the publishing of the law known as the "Edict of Nantes" (1598). Of murder : (1608) 600 Basque men, women and children are executed as witches in 4 months by French lawyer Pierre de Lancre (1553-1631) who sweeps through Bearn in Pyrenees. Of murder : (1609-22) 300 individuals are tortured and burned as witches in Bamberg, Germany, under "Witch Bishop" Johann Gottfried von Aschhausen. Of crimes against humanity : (1618-1648) Central Europe devastated by Thirty Years' War between Catholics and Protestants. 14,000,000 people die in Germany alone from 30-year war between Catholics and Protestants described by one commentator as "human catastrophe".