Pope Julius II Officially Opens Fifth Lateran Council

Pope Julius II Officially Opens Fifth Lateran Council

Pope Julius II
Source: Wikipedia

Pope Julius II officially opens the Fifth Lateran Council, fulfilling an oath he made when elected pope in 1503. This is the last ecumenical council before the Protestant Reformation.

Because this church council takes place over the course of twelve sessions which last through 1517, the council will continue under the leadership of Pope Leo X following Julius' death in 1513.

Several decrees are published by this council, including the requirement that bishops give their approval before any book can be printed. Just seven months after the Fifth Lateran Council closes, Martin Luther will post his 95 theses and launch the Protestant Reformation.

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