Election of Pope Gregory XIII

Election of Pope Gregory XIII

Pope Gregory XIII
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Gregory XIII is elected pope. Gregory XIII will become best known for commissioning a calendar that is eventually named after him: the Gregorian Calendar.

Pope Gregory XIII played an important role at Council of Trent (1545, 1559-63) and was a vociferous critic of German Protestants. He even went so far as to hold a day of public thanksgiving at Rome for the Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre.

As part of his efforts to fight against Protestantism, Pope Gregory XIII founded many colleges and seminaries in Europe for the express purpose of teaching and promoting the "true" Christian faith.

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