Conclave of Just Eight Cardinals Elect Urban IV as Pope

Conclave of Just Eight Cardinals Elect Urban IV as Pope

Pope Urban IV

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Urban IV is elected pope in a conclave that included just eight cardinals, and even then he was only elected after bitter fighting among them. Born Jacques Pantaléon, he himself was an outsider in this group — at the time he had been patriarch of Jerusalem and was only visiting Italy on business.

The first thing Pope Urban IV does will be to increase the College of Cardinals to 14, and shortly thereafter he works to increase the amount of funds available to the Vatican.

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