Blessed Pope Urban V
by americancatholic.org | Source: americancatholic.org
In 1362, the man elected pope declined the office. When the cardinals could not find another
person among them for that important office, they turned to a relative stranger: the holy person we
The new Pope Urban V proved a wise choice. A Benedictine monk and canon lawyer, he was deeply
spiritual and brilliant. He lived simply and modestly, which did not always earn him friends among
clergymen who had become used to comfort and privilege. Still, he pressed for reform and saw to the
restoration of churches and monasteries. Except for a brief period he spent most of his eight years
as pope living away from Rome at Avignon, seat of the papacy from 1309 until shortly after his
He came close but was not able to achieve one of his biggest goals—reuniting the Eastern and
As pope, Urban continued to follow the Benedictine Rule. Shortly before his death in 1370 he
asked to be moved from the papal palace to the nearby home of his brother so he could say goodbye to
the ordinary people he had so often helped.
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