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Pope Celestine V from The Lives and Times of the Popes, Volume 3

Pope Celestine V from The Lives and Times of the Popes, Volume 3

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Pope Celestine V was also known as:

Pietro da Morrone, Pietro del Murrone, Pietro di Murrone

Pope Celestine V was known for:

Abdicating the papal chair. Celestine also founded an order of Benedictine monks that took his papal name, becoming known as "Celestines."

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Important Dates:

Born: 1215
Becomes pope: July 5, 1294
Abdicated: Dec. 13, 1234
Died: May 19, 1296

About Pope Celestine V:

Born to a humble family, Pietro da Morrone spent much of his life as an ascetic, living in the wilderness of the Abruzzi Mountains as a Benedictine monk. His austere lifestyle attracted pious followers, and eventually he established about three dozen monasteries with several hundred monastics. He had returned to the wilderness and had been living there for ten years when he was chosen to be pope.

Agreeing to take on the office only because he believed it was God's will, Pietro took the name Celestine V and attempted to steer a course to reform. But the humble monk was far too inexperienced in the ways of papal politics to make informed decisions. After five months, Celestine resigned. But, because some believed the resignation to be illegal, the former pope was sequestered in Rome for much of the remaining months of his life.

For more thorough coverage of Celestine's life and pontificate, see the Concise Biography of Celestine V.

Pope Celestine V Resources:

Concise Biography of Celestine V

Pope Celestine V on the Web

Catholic Encyclopedia: Pope St. Felix III
Brief overview of Felix and his pontificate by Ambrose Coleman.

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