Papacy - A Historical Perspective
Bl. Innocent V : 1276 A.D.
185. Born in Sutron (Savoy), Elected February 22,1276 - died June
The total enclosure was observed during
He diffused Christianity till the far-off Mongolia, baptising
three ambassadors sent
by the Great Khan.
During this period, the struggles between Guelphs
and Ghibellines and the opposed factions within these two groups were
He was the first Pope who belonged to the Dominican order.
He died only 4 months after his election. He is buried in the
San Giovanni in Laterano.
Hadrian V : 1276 A.D.
186. Born in Genoa. Elected July II,1276 - died August 8, 1276 after
only 38 days of pontificate.
He was not consecrated.
He restored order in religious orders.
He suspended the rules concerning the conclave issued by
The mausoleum dedicated to this Pope was the first one to bear the
family's coat of arms.
This habit was then resumed when the sepulchre of Boniface VIII
(Caetani) was built.
He is buried in Viterbo, in the Church of San Francesco. His
pontificate lasted 1 month and
John XXI : 1276-1277 A.D.
187. Born in Portugal. Elected September 20,1276 - died May 20,
Alphonsus II of Portugal promised him
that all the churches of that
kingdom and their profits would have been respected.
He died during the collapse of his residential palace in Viterbo.
Pietro Giuliano, that is to say John XXI, in order to allow the
people to follow his valuable rules, wrote
the famous "Treasure of the Poor", an actual real first aid treaty.
He was buried in the Cathedral of San Lorenzo in Viterbo. His
pontificate lasted about 8 months.
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