Blessed Pope Eugene III

[Pope Eugene illustration]
Also known as

  • Peter dei Paganelli di Montemagno
  • Bernard of Pisa
  • Bernardo Pignatelli



Prominent Cistercian monk. Friend of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. Abbot of the monastery of Tre Fontaine. Elected pope unanimously on day of his predecessor’s funeral; the cardinals wanted a quick election to prevent the interference of secular authorities. Promoted the disastrous Second Crusade. In 1146, the agitation of Arnold of Brescia and the republicans drove the pope from Rome. While in exile from 1146 to 1149 and again from 1150 to 1152, Eugene worked to reform clerical discipline.


  • at Montemagno, Pisa, Italy as Peter dei Paganelli di Montemagno

Papal Ascension



Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Pope Eugene III“. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 September 2009. Web. 1 April 2015. <>