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Pope Celestine II Orders Clergy to Support the Knights Templar

Pope Celestine II

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Pope Celestine II issues the papal bull Milites Templi ("soldiers of the temple"), ordering all Christian clergy to provide protection and support the members of the Order of the Poor Knights of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (best known as the Knights Templar).

The Knights Templar are also given the authority buy Pope Celestine II to organize their own church collections every year even areas where church rites have been suspended for some reason.

This bull helps secure the independence of the Knights Templar from control or interference from anyone except the pope in Rome, thus contributing significantly to their ability to accumulate massive wealth and political power both in Europe and in the Holy Land.

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