Pope Benedict XII

[arms of Benedict XII] Reigned from 20 December 1334 to 25 April 1342. Born c.1285 in Saverdun, France as Jacques Fournier; died on 25 April 1342 at Avignon, France. A Cistercian, Bishop of Pamiers, and cardinal, he became the third of the Avignon popes. He sought to free the papacy from French influence and to restore the See to Rome. He curbed nepotism, granted benefices with discrimination, condemned "pluralities," and strengthened the Faith in outlying districts.

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