Papa Benedetto XV

Born: 21 November 1854
Dead: 22 January 1922
In: Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli, Roma, RM, Italia


Short description:

He was head of the Catholic Church from 1914 until his death in 1922.
His pontificate was largely overshadowed by World War I and its political, social, and humanitarian consequences in Europe.
After seven years in office, Pope Benedict XV died on 22 January 1922 after battling pneumonia since the start of that month.
He was buried in the grottos of Saint Peter's Basilica.
With his diplomatic skills and his openness towards modern society, "he gained respect for himself and the papacy."


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