Pope Benedict XIII facts
|Papacy began||29 May 1724|
|Papacy ended||21 February 1730|
|Predecessor||Pope Innocent XIII|
|Successor||Pope Clement XII|
|Birth name||Pietro Francesco Orsini|
2 February 1649|
Gravina in Puglia
|Died||21 February 1730
|Other Popes named Benedict|
Pope Benedict XIII (Latin: Benedict Tertius Decimus; 2 February 1649 – 21 February 1730), born Pietro Francesco Orsini, later Friar Vincenzo Maria Orsini, O.P., was an Italian priest of the Roman Catholic Church and the 246th Pope from 1724 until his death in 1730. He was the third and last member of the Orsini family to be a pope.
He was born in Gravina in Puglia near Naples. He was the son of Ferdinando III Orsini, Duke of Gravina.
In 1667, Orsini entered the Dominican Order. As a monk, his name was Vincent Maria.
In 1675, he was made Bishop of Manfredonia.
In 1686, he was made Archbishop of Benevento.
Cardinal Orsini was elected pope on May 28, 1724; and he chose to be called Benedict XIII.
Pope Benedict was involved in Italian and European political disputes.
In 1727, he ordered construction of the famous Spanish Steps in Rome.
After his death
Benedict was buried in a tomb in Santa Maria sopra Minerva completed by Pietro Bracci and others.
State of Benedict XIII in Palermo
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