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Pope Benedict XIII

For Pedro de Luna, see Antipope Benedict XIII.

Benedict XIII, né Vincenzo Marco Orsini (February 2, 1649 - February 23, 1730) was pope from 1724 to 1730. He succeeded Innocent XIII in 1724. At first, he called himself Benedict XIV (due to the superstition alleging that the number thirteen brings bad luck), but afterwards altered the title. He was a reforming pope and endeavoured to put a stop to the decadent lifestyles of the Italian priesthood and of the cardinalate. He was a member of the great Orsini family of Rome.

Preceded by
Innocent XIII
Succeeded by
Clement XII

Last updated: 11-10-2004 20:09:04