New Catholic Dictionary – Pope Saint Celestine V

portrait of Pope Saint Celestine V, 1700, by Giulio Cessare Bedeschini; Museo de l'Aquila, Italy; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Reigned from 5 July to 13 December 1294. Born in Isernia, Italy, in 1215 as Pietro de Murbone; died near Anagni, Italy, in 19 May 1296. He was a Benedictine, lived a life of solitude, and founded the Benedictine Celestines. Two years after the death of Pope Nicholas IV he was elected pope by the Council of Perugia. An unwilling and incapable occupant of the papal chair, he committed many mistakes, and resigned after a pontificate of five months. His successor, Boniface VIII, kept him closely guarded in case a faction should seek to restore him. Canonized in 1313. Feast, 19 May.

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  • “Pope Saint Celestine V”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 August 2012. Web. 26 October 2020. <>