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Celestine V, Pope
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(Jul 5 – Dec 13, 1294). Celestine (Pietro of Morrone, born 1209/1210 Molise) lived as a hermit at Monte Morrone near Sulmona, then in the Maiella mountains, where he developed the hermit congregation of the Celestines within Benedictine monasticism on the Cistercian model with a general abbot and chapters. He had contacts with Franciscan spirituals and affinities with the eschatological speculations of Joachim of Fiore. After the death of Nicholas IV and a more than two-year vacancy, he was elected pope in Perugia on the recommendation of King…

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Schmidt, Tilmann, “Celestine V, Pope”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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