Death of Pope Julius III

Death of Pope Julius III

Pope Julius III
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Pope Julius III dies at the age of 67. Early in his papacy, Julius III was persuaded by emperor Charles V to recall the Council of Trent which had been suspended in 1548. During its six sessions Protestant theologians attended and confered with Catholics, but nothing ultimately came of it.

Pope Julius III did manage to strengthen 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 deteriorated anyway because Julius devoted himself to living a life of luxury and ease, shocking others at his extreme behavior. The first cardinal he ever created was a boy just sixteen years old - and solely because of the youth's courage when bitten by the pope's pet monkey.

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