#186 - Pope Adrian V
Pope from July 11, 1276 - August 18, 1276
Lived: c. 1205 - August 18, 1276
Birth name: Ottobuono de Fieschi
Who was this guy before he was pope?
Ottobuono de Fieschi was born in Genoa around the turn of the 13th Century. He was a nephew of Pope Innocent IV, and spent his career in the Church primarily as cardinal-deacon of the Church of St. Adrian and as a papal legate to England in the 1260s. Ottobuono was a clutch contributor to keeping the peace with King Henry III during those years, and was known to be a shrewd and capable statesman.
Give me the scoop on Adrian V.
Elected on July 11, 1276, Pope Adrian V’s elevation was thought to have been influenced by Charles of Anjou, King of Sicily and senator in Rome. Never one for dull moments, Adrian’s (pretty much) sole act as pope was annulling the conclave requirements that Gregory X had created about five seconds earlier. However, he died before being able to create new ones. Adrian V died in Viterbo on August 18.
What was he known for?
Pope Adrian V should be known to literature lovers as one of the only popes to be included -- and the first pope to actually be going to heaven -- in Dante’s
. The author depicts Adrian V as being in Purgatory on “Terrace 5,” the level where residents must purify themselves of avarice (greed). In his appearance, Adrian and the others are lying prostrate, noting that laying facedown is a suitable penance for being deaf to spiritual matters and obsessed with worldly goods while on earth.
Blessed Innocent V and Adrian V’s consecutive short reigns made 1276 become known as the “Year of Four Popes.” The quartet of Gregory X, Innocent, Adrian, and John XXI is the only time in Church history that we’ve seen four legitimate popes in a single year. There have, however, been 14 total instances of a “Year of Three Popes,” the most recent being 1978 (Paul VI, John Paul I, St. John Paul II).
Coming tomorrow...Pope John XXI
SOURCES (and further reading)
John, E. (1964). The Popes: A concise biographical history. New York: Hawthorn Books.
Guruge, A. (2010). The Next Pope. New Hampshire: WOWNH
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Sent by Matthew Sewell on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 2:00AM