Election of Pope Benedict XIII

Election of Pope Benedict XIII

Pope Benedict XIII
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Benedict XIII is elected pope. A Dominican monk who will keep living as a friar even after his election, Pope Benedict XIII will be the last pope to ever hold two dioceses at the same time (Rome and Benevento).

Benedict's associates from Benevento are a tight-knit group, engaging in corrupt practices and ruining Benedict's reputation. One in particular, Niccolo Coscia, will make a great deal of money selling church offices and taking bribes.

This may be one reason no future pope is allowed to lead two dioceses at once. By all accounts, Pope Benedict XIII himself will personally be beyond reproach, though also rather naive and tactless when it comes to political affairs.

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