New Catholic Dictionary – Pope Gelasius II

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Reigned from 24 January 1118 to 29 January 1119. Born c.1058 at Gaeta, Italy as Giovanni de Gaeta; died at Cluny, France. He was a Benedictine, cardinal, and chancellor of the Holy See. His election was contested by Cenzio Frangipani who maltreated and imprisoned him. A Roman mob rescued and established him in the Vatican. Emperor Henry V then attempted to seize him, but he fled to France. The emperor elected the anti-pope Maurice Bourdin who ruled for three years. Gelasius died of pleurisy as he was making plans for a council to be convened at Rheims. Feast, 29 January.

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