BENOIT XII

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FrenchBorn Jacques FOURNIER

Pope from 20 December 1334 to his death in 1342

Born on 1280 in Canté, France , France

Died on April 17, 1342 in Avignon, France

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Little is known of the origins of Jacques Fournier. He is believed to have been born in Canté in the Comté de Foix around the 1280s to a family of modest means. He became a Cistercian monk and left the countryside to study at the University of Paris. In 1311 he was made Abbot of Fontfroide Abbey and quickly became known for his intelligence and organizational ability. In 1317 he was made Bishop of Pamiers. There he undertook a rigorous hunt for Cathar heretics, such as Guillaume Bélibaste, which won him praise from religious authorities, but alienated the local people.



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