Pope Benedict XII facts
|Papacy began||December 20, 1334|
|Papacy ended||April 25, 1342|
|Predecessor||Pope John XXII|
|Successor||Pope Clement IV|
|Birth name||Jacques Fourier|
|Died||April 25, 1342
|Other Popes named Benedict|
He was the third of the seven popes who lived in Avignon in France.
Jacques Fournier is believed to have been born in Saverdun in the Comté de Foix near Toulouse.
In 1311, he was made Abbot of Fontfroide Abbey.
Cardinal Fourier was elected pope in 1335; and he chose to be called Benedict XII.
Pope Benedict was involved in Italian and European political disputes.
Benedict XII ordered the construction of the Palais des Papes in Avignon.
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