Pope Celestine III

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Giacinto di Pietro di Bobone Orsini

Also Known As: "Celestine III"
Birthplace: Roma, Lazio, Italy
Death: January 08, 1198 (87-96)
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Place of Burial: Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
Immediate Family:

Son of Pietro di Bobone Orsini and N.N. Scorgi
Brother of Bobone di Pietro di Bobone Orsini

Occupation: 175th pope of the Catholic Church (1191-1198)
Managed by: Flemming Allan Funch
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About Pope Celestine III

Pope Celestine III (ca. 1106 – 8 January 1198), born Giacinto Bobone, was elected Pope on 21 March 1191 and reigned until his death. He was born into the noble Orsini family in Rome, though he was only a cardinal deacon before becoming Pope. He was ordained a priest on 13 April 1191, ruled the church six years, nine months, and nine days before he died on 8 January 1198. He was buried at the Lateran.


Considered by the Curia as an expert on Spain, Giacinto conducted two legatine missions to Spain in (1154–55) and (1172–75) as Cardinal Deacon of St.Maria at Cosmedin.


He crowned the Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI on the day after his election in 1191 with a ceremony symbolizing his absolute supremacy, as described by Roger of Hoveden. He subsequently excommunicated the same Henry VI for wrongfully keeping King Richard I of England in prison. He placed Pisa under an interdict, which was lifted by his successor Innocent III in 1198. He condemned King Alfonso IX of León for his marriage to Teresa of Portugal on the grounds of consanguinity. Then, in 1196, he excommunicated Alfonso IX for making peace with the Muslims while making war on Castile. Following the marriage between Alfonso and Berenguela of Castile, Celestine excommunicated Alfonso and placed an interdict over León.

In 1198, he confirmed the statutes of the Teutonic Knights as a military order.

He would have resigned the papacy and recommended a successor (Cardinal Giovanni di San Paolo, OSB) shortly before his death, but was not allowed to do so by the cardinals.

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Pope Celestine III's Timeline

Roma, Lazio, Italy
January 8, 1198
Age 92
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano