Election of Pope Alexander VII - Will Have Numerous Conflicts With France

Election of Pope Alexander VII - Will Have Numerous Conflicts With France

Pope Alexander VII
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Alexander VII is elected pope. His reign as pope will be defined primarily by conflicts with France, most of which he loses. In one case, Alexander will have to submit to the French king, Louis XIV.

Pope Alexander VII will have more success in theological matters. He will decide that Jesuit missionaries in China may use Chinese in Christian rites and that native-born Chinese priests don't have to pray the Divine Office in Latin. He will condemn Cornelius Jansen's teachings, though partially because the French king demands it.

Pope Alexander VII will also be an important patron of the arts, funding for example Bernini's free-standing colonnade around St. Peter's square.

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