New Catholic Dictionary – Pope Blessed Benedict XI

Pope Blessed Benedict XIArticle

Reigned from 22 October 1303 to 7 July 1304. Born in 1240 Treviso, Italy as Niccolo Boccasini; died on 7 July 1304 in Perugia, Italy. When Master General of the Dominican Order he arranged an armistice between King Philip IV of France and King Edward I of England. Later he was made CardinalBishop of Ostia, and defended Pope Boniface VIII against William of Nogaret and the Colonna faction. As pope he removed the papal censure from Philip and France, and absolved the cardinals favoring the Colonna. His death is believed to have occurred from poisoning by the agents of William of Nogaret. Beatified on 24 April 1736 by Pope Clement XII. Feast, 7 July, at Rome and in the Dominican Order.

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  • “Pope Blessed Benedict XI”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 August 2012. Web. 24 October 2020. <>