Pope Benedict XIV Lambertini
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Propsero Lorenzo Lambertini (1675 - 1758)

Propsero Lorenzo (Pope Benedict XIV) Lambertini
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Preceded by
Clement XII
247th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church
17 August 1740 – 3 May 1758
Succeeded by
Clement XIII

Biography

Better known as Pope Benedict XIV.

Propsero Lorenzo Lambertini was born to Marcello Lambertini and Lucrezia Bulgarini on 31 March 1675 at Bologna, Emilia-Romagna Papal States.

He was ordained a priest on 2 July 1724 and consecrated a bishop on 16 July 1724 by Pope Benedict XIII. He was created a cardinal (in pectore) on 9 December 1726 and revealed as cardinal on 30 April 1728.

Between 1712-1713 he was Assessor of the Congregation of Rites. He was Secretary of the Congregation of the Council (1718-1722) and Titular Archbishop of Teodosia (1724-1727). In 1727 he was appointed Archbishop of Ancona e Numana until 1731. He was Cardinal-Priest of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme (1728-1740) and Archbishop of Bologna (1731-1754).

He was elected pope on 17 August 1740, taking the name Benedict XIV. He died on 3 May 1758 in Rome, Papal States at the age of 83. His final words were "I leave you in the hands of God".

He was known as a liberal pontiff who promoted scientific learning. He tried to curtail the church's list of forbidden books, reduced taxation, encouraged agriculture and was a great supporter of free trade.

As a lifelong scholar, he established a number of learned societies and initiated the development of the Vatican Museum.


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