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Benedict XIII
Papacy began 29 May 1724
Papacy ended 21 February 1730
Predecessor Pope Innocent XIII
Successor Pope Clement XII
Personal details
Birth name Pietro Francesco Orsini
Born (1649-02-02)2 February 1649
Gravina in Puglia
Died 21 February 1730(1730-02-21) (aged 81)
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.

Early life

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.


Pope Clement X raised the monk to the rank of Cardinal of San Sisto on 22 February 1672.

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.

In 1729, the pope helped bring about the Treaty of Seville between Great Britain, France, and Spain.

After his death

Benedict was buried in a tomb in Santa Maria sopra Minerva completed by Pietro Bracci and others.

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The Coat of Arms of Benedict XIII
Preceded by
Innocent XIII
Succeeded by
Clement XII

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