The Pope Who Quit by Jon M. Sweeney

Celestine V became pope practically by accident.  That he abdicated just 15 weeks later was only a little more shocking than his getting the job in the first place. The time is the 1292.  The 12 cardinals who make up the College of Cardinals have gathered to elect a new pope. There were only 12 in those days.  Divided evenly between two powerful, competing factions, … Continue reading The Pope Who Quit by Jon M. Sweeney