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The 'Unknown Pope': How Benedict XV is Relevant Today

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The 'Unknown Pope': How Benedict XV is Relevant Today

Despite a biography title labeling him the “Unknown Pope,” Benedict XV had a tremendous impact on life of the Church, and his legacy of diplomacy and efforts for peace live on today.

On Sept. 3, 1914 – 100 years ago – Giacomo Giambattista della Chiesa was elected Bishop of Rome. A longtime diplomat who had been Archbishop of Bologna since 1907, he took the name Benedict XV when he was elected a little more than a month after the outbreak of World War I. While his efforts for peace in the midst of the Great War were pivotal in his pontificate, his impact cannot be limited to those peace efforts. Visit this article to read more.


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