Pope Benedict XII

[Pope Benedict XII]
Also known as

  • Jacques Fournier

Profile

Cistercian monk. Bishop of Pamiers, France. Cardinal. Third of the Avignon popes. Worked to free the papacy from French influence and to return to Rome, Italy. Came to terms with emperor Louis, and with the Franciscans, who were alienated from the Vatican. He curbed nepotism and monastic excess, condemned “pluralities”, evangelized outlying districts, and made appointments strictly on merit.

Born

  • Saverdun, France as Jacques Fournier

Papal Ascension

Died