Death of Pope Adrian VI, Last Non-Italian Pope Until John Paul II Hot

Death of Pope Adrian VI, Last Non-Italian Pope Until John Paul II

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Pope Adrian VI dies. Born Adriaan Florenszoon Boeyens in Utrecht, he will be last non-Italian Pope until John Paul II in the 20th century. Adrian was also one of just two modern popes to keep his baptismal name rather than adopt a new name upon becoming pope.

Once a Head Inquisitor for the Inquisition, Pope Adrian VI tried to reform the Church by attacking the various abuses of power one by one.

Among the abuses he hoped to change was the large sums of money given to artists — not something that endeared him to the increasingly humanist population of Rome which appreciated the artistry the Church sponsored.

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