- Niccolo Boccasini
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. Created Cardinal–Bishop of Ostia, Italy by Pope Boniface VIII. Papal legate. Defended Pope Boniface VIII against William of Nogaret and his allies.
Unanimously chosen 194th pope in 1303. Removed papal censure from Philip and France, and absolved the cardinals favoring Colonna political faction. Accomplished a number of reforms in religious and clerical life. Believed to have been poisoned by the agents of William of Nogaret. Known for his lifelong devotion to Dominican spiritual practices. Author of a volume of sermons and commentaries on the , the , the , and .
Eternal Shepherd, you made Blessed Benedict known for his great love of the brethren and his service to your flock. By the help of his prayers may we ever be ardent in our fellowship and with one heart be steadfast in the household of the Church. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. – Dominicans
- “Blessed Pope Benedict XI“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 July 2015. Web. 19 January 2017. <>