|Pope Benedict XIII|
AKA Piero Francesco Orsini
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Location of death: Rome, Italy
Cause of death: unspecified
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Executive summary: Roman Catholic Pope, 1724-30
Benedict XIII, given name Piero Fraricesco Orsini, served as Roman Catholic Pope from 1724 to 1730 (at first styled Benedict XIV due to the Antipope Benedict XIII, Pedro de Luna). He was born on the 2nd of February 1649, of the ducal family of Orsini-Gravina. In 1667 he became a Dominican (as Vincentius Maria), studied theology and philosophy, was made a cardinal in 1672 and archbishop of Benevento in 1686. Elected pope on the 29th of May 1724, he attempted to reform clerical morals; but neither the decrees of the Latin council (1725) nor his personal precepts had much effect. He confirmed the bull Unigenitus; but, despite the Jesuits, allowed the Dominicans to preach the Augustinian doctrine of grace. State affairs he left entirely to the unpopular Cardinal Nicolo Coscia. He died on the 21st of February 1730. His works were published in 3 volumes at Ravenna in 1728.
Roman Catholic Pope 29-May-1724 to 21-Feb-1730
Roman Catholic Archbishop 1686, Benevento
Roman Catholic Cardinal 1672
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