Benedict XV
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Benedict XV

(November 21, 1854, Genoa – January 22, 1922, Rome; formerly Giacomo della Chiesa), Pope. Giacomo della Chiesa was elected Pope following the death of Pius X in September of 1914. He took the name of Benedict in memory of the great legislator Benedict XIV. Even though the promulgation of the Codex Iuris Canonici in May 1917 was of considerable theological significance, Benedict made history as the “Pope of the Great War,” especially since he died only a few years after the war. His entire tenure was characterized by a keen awareness of …

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Becker, Annette, “Benedict XV”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 26 April 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0064>
First published online: 2015



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