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Pope St. Celestine V

On this historic day when Pope Benedict XVI ends his eight year ministry (we love you Papa!), we harken back to the year 1294 when Celestine V stepped down as the successor of St. Peter. This holy Italian man was a lifelong monk of the order of St. Benedict, and was made pope when he was nearly 80 years old. A marvelous podcast, the SaintCast, has a full biography about this medieval pope complete with an interview of the author of a recently published book about Pope Celestine

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