Bl Pope Benedict XI


Joined the Dominicans when a young man. Ninth Master-General of his Order in 1296. Arranged an armistice between Philip IV of France and Edward I of England. Unanimously chosen 194th pope in 1303. Believed to have been poisoned by the agents of William of Nogaret, a councillor to the king of France. Known for his lifelong devotion to Dominican spiritual practices.

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