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Marcellus II, Pope, 1501-1555



  • Existence: 1501-1555

Biographical History

Pope Marcellus II (1501-1555) was pope of the Catholic Church for only 22 days from April 9, 1955 to May 1, 1955.

Marcellus II, originally named Marcello Cervini, was born on May 6, 1501 in Montepulciano, Tuscany to Ricardo Cervini. He was made Cardinal in 1539 by Pope Paul III. During the Council of Trent he was elected one of the Presidents. In 1550 he was appointed the title Bibliothecarius Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae and became the first cardinal to be in charge of the Vatican Library. On April 9, 1955 he was made pope of the Catholic Church. Only 22 days later, on May 1, 1955 he died.


Catholic Church. Apostolic Nunciature (Germany). Nuntiaturen Morones und Poggios, Legationen Farneses und Cervinis 1539-1540, 1968.

New Cath. encyc. (Marcellus II, Pope; b. Marcello Cervini, 5/6/1501; pontificate 4/9/-5/1/1555)

Marcello II Cervini (1501-1555), c2010: p. 3 (Marcello Cervini degli Spannocchi)

Encycl. britannica, via WWW, June 16, 2015 (Marcellus II; b. May 6, 1501 in Montepulciano, Tuscany; originally Marcello Cervini; 1539 made Cardinal by Pope Paul III)

wikipedia, via WWW, June 16, 2015 (Pope Marcellus II; father was Ricardo Cervini; was pope from April 9, 1955 to May 1, 1955, only 22 days; appointed Bibliothecarius Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae first cardinal in charge of Vatican Library; president in Council of Trent)

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Marcellus II letter to Philip II

 Item — oversize-folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8494
Scope and Contents Letter from Pope Marcellus II to every Catholic European king to inform them of the changes and the purpose of the Council of Trent. It also talks about the bad health of the pope and his desire to keep peace among the nations. He gives the king a blessing for his endurance in the Catholic faith. Dated 1555.
Dates: 1555