Death of Pope Alexander VII

Death of Pope Alexander VII

Pope Alexander VII
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Pope Alexander VII dies at the age of 68. His reign as pope was defined mainly by conflicts with France, most of which he loses. In one case, Alexander had to submit to the French king, Louis XIV.

Pope Alexander VII did have some success in theological matters. He ruled that Jesuit missionaries in China could use Chinese in Christian rites and that native-born Chinese priests did not have to pray the Divine Office in Latin. He also condemned Cornelius Jansen's teachings, though partially because the French king demanded it.

Pope Alexander VII was also an important patron of the arts, funding Bernini's free-standing colonnade around St. Peter's square, among other projects.

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