Birth of Pope Marcellus II - Shortest Papal Reign in History of Catholic Church

Birth of Pope Marcellus II - Shortest Papal Reign in History of Catholic Church

Pope Marcellus II
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Pope Marcellus II is born Marcello Cervini degli Spannochi. Pope Marcellus II will have one of the shortest papal reigns in the history of the Roman Catholic Church: just 22 days. He is also the last pope to retain his original name after election.

Pope Marcellus II will make plans to initiate an ambitious program for reform and work against abuses such as nepotism and excessively rich lifestyles of church officials, but he will have a stroke before anything can be done.

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