Julius III Elected Pope

Julius III Elected Pope

Pope Julius III
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Julius III is elected pope. Early on Pope Julius III will be persuaded by emperor Charles V to recall the Council of Trent which had been suspended in 1548. During its six sessions Protestant theologians attend and confer with Catholics, but nothing ultimately comes of it.

Pope Julius III will, however be successful in strengthening the Church internally by confirming the constitution of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1550 and creating the Collegium Germanicum for training German priests.

Matters end up deteriorating anyway because Julius devotes himself to living a life of luxury and ease, shocking others at his extreme behavior. The first cardinal he ever creates will be a boy just sixteen years old - and solely because of the youth's courage when bitten by the pope's pet monkey.


Raphael, Portrait of Pope Julius II, 1511

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