Death of Pope Gregory XV

Death of Pope Gregory XV

Pope Gregory XV
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Pope Gregory XV dies at the age of 69 in the Quirinal Palace in Rome. The first pope to be educated by Jesuits, Gregory XV had hoped to support Catholic forces who were fighting Protestants in Germany but was able to achieve little aside from reinstating the dominance of Catholicism in Bohemia.

He did, however, reinforce traditional Catholicism by canonizing important Church figures in the battle against Protestantism and in support of the authority of the Church: St. Theresa of Avila, Francis Xavier, Ignatius Loyola, and Philip Neri.

Pope Gregory XV also played an important role in the development of new rules governing the election of future popes, a reform which grew out of his background in law. The basics of the rules he helped develop are still in use by the Roman Catholic Church through the modern era.

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