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Boniface IX (Piero Tomacelli)

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Born: 1355 AD
Died: 1404 AD, at 49 years of age.

Nationality: Italian
Categories: Popes

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1355 - Pietro Tomacelli was born in Naples, Italy.

1378-1417 - He was the second pontiff to rule in Rome during the Western Schism.

1385 - Created cardinal deacon early in life and cardinal priest by Urban VI, he succeeded Urban, whose disputed election was the original cause of the rupture between Rome and Avignon over legal claimants to the papal throne.

1389-1404 - Served as Pope of Rome, Italy.

       - Boniface, viewing the Schism as a political problem, resorted to all possible means of raising money in order to win allies against the Avignon antipopes Clement VII (whom he excommunicated) and Clement's successor, Benedict XIII.

      - He not only failed to end the breach, but he also aroused hostility by his high-handed methods to raise the large sums of money required for his campaigns.

1404 - He died on the 1st of October in Rome, Italy.



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