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Death of Pope Gregory XI, Last French Pope

Pope Gregory XI
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Pope Gregory XI, the last French pope, dies. Born Pierre Roger de Beaufort in Maumont, France, Gregory XI was a "hopeful" pope - he hoped to move the papal residence from Avignon back to Rome, he hoped to put down the heresies of reformers like John Wycliffe in England, he hoped to reunite the Western Latin and Eastern Orthodox Churches, and he hoped to launch a Crusade against the Turks.

Only with the first, returning of the papacy to Rome agains the protests of powerful French cardinals, was actually successful. Pope Gregory XI made extensive use of the Inquisition to fight Wycliffe and other reformers, helping it to become even more ruthless.

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