Book of Saints – Benedict XI


BENEDICT XI (Saint) Pope (July 7) (14th century) Born at Treviso, A.D. 1210, he In his youth joined the Dominican Order, of which he eventually became the Master General. Created Cardinal and BiĀ«hop of Ostla, he was employed by Pope Boniface VIII as his Nuncio and peacemaker in England, France, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Denmark, Servia and other countries. Everywhere he conciliated respect, and acquired fame and veneration from princes and people alike, on account of his simple piety and spirit of self-sacrifice. He was, moreover, a man of first-rate abilities, and well versed In the learning of his age. He was elected Pope, October 21, 1303, but died at Perugia in the July of the following year. In the few months of his Pontificate he had done much to reform Church discipline and to repress abuses. Hence probably, the belief current at the time that he had died by poison.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Benedict XI”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 August 2012. Web. 24 October 2020. <>