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Maffeo Barberini

Italian pope from 1623 to 1644 who sanctioned the condemnation of Galileo but later freed him (1568-1644).  Synonym: Urban VIII.

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"Maffeo Barberini" Quotes from Famous Books

... the Cardinal Maffeo Barberini to the papal throne, under the name of Urban VIII., was hailed by Galileo and his friends as an event favourable to the promotion of science. Urban had not only been the personal friend of Galileo and of Prince Cesi, the founder of the Lyncaean Academy, but had been intimately connected ...
— The Martyrs of Science, or, The lives of Galileo, Tycho Brahe, and Kepler • David Brewster

... death of Paul V. in 1623, Maffeo Barberini was elected Pope, as Urban VIII. This new Pope, while a cardinal, had been an intimate friend of Galileo's, and had indeed written Latin verses in praise of the great astronomer and his discoveries. It was therefore not ...
— Great Astronomers • R. S. Ball

Words linked to "Maffeo Barberini" :   Catholic Pope, Holy Father, pope, pontiff, Bishop of Rome, Urban VIII, Vicar of Christ, Roman Catholic Pope

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