Election of Pius II as Pope - Will Support Crusades Against Turks

Election of Pius II as Pope - Will Support Crusades Against Turks

Pope Pius II
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Pius II is elected pope. An enthusiastic supporter of crusades against the Turks, he will call for a new one in 1458.

Because his political alliances cause France to refuse to participate, however, any hopes for a new military expedition to the Holy Lands will be dashed. Pope Pius II tries once again in 1463 and will even be determined to lead it himself, but he falls ill with a fever in Ancona and dies before that can happen.

Pope Pius II also condemned the enslavement of baptized Christians, calling it a "grave crime." He didn't object to slavery in general, just when it meant that Christians were enslaved.

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