Birth of Future Pope Urban VI

Birth of Future Pope Urban VI

Pope Urban VI
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Pope Urban VI is born. He will be elected pope largely because the people of Rome demand an Italian pope.

Pope Urban VI will then proceed to impose strict reforms on the clergy — including reforms designed to reign in the extravagant lifestyles of the cardinals who elect him.

He doesn't impose the reforms with a great deal of tact or politeness; on the contrary, he heaps abuse and insults on those who don't live modestly. As a consequence, the French cardinals elect an antipope, Clement VII.

This inaugurates the Great Schism of the West which would last for 60 years, with one set of popes in the Lateran Palace in the Vatican and a second line of popes based in Avignon.

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