Pope Benedict XV

photograph of Pope Benedict XV; c.1915, photographed unknown; United States Library of Congress; swiped from Wikimedia Commons; click for source imageAlso known as

  • Giacomo della Chiesa

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Born to the Italian nobility. Ordained in 1878. Papal nuncio to Spain. Privy chamberlain. Vatican Secretary of State in 1901. Founded The Pious Society of Saint Jerome in 1901 to spread the Gospels among Italian-speaking Catholics. Archbishop of Bologna in 1907. Created cardinal in 1914 by Pope Saint Pius X. Elected 258th pope in 1914 just after the start of World War I. He maintained the Vatican as politically neutral throughout the war, working with both sides for peace, and supporting widows, orphans, the wounded, prisoners, and refugees. Promulgated the new Code of Canon Law, established the Coptic College at Rome, and supported foreign missions. Condemned modern secular philosophies.

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Papal Ascension

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MLA Citation

  • “Pope Benedict XV“. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 September 2009. Web. 2 July 2015. <>