Pope Boniface IX

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Boniface IX
Papacy began 2 November 1389
Papacy ended 1 October 1404
Predecessor Pope Urban VI
Successor Pope Innocent VII
Personal details
Birth name Piero Tomacelli
Born 1350
Naples
Died October 1, 1404
Rome

Other Popes named Boniface

Pope Boniface IX (Latin: Bonifacius Nonus; 1350 – 1 October 1404), born Piero Tomacelli, was an Italian cleric of the Roman Catholic Church and the 204th Pope from 1389 until his death in 1404.[1]

Early life[change | edit source]

Piero Tomacelli was born into the baronial family of Casarano in the Kingdom of Naples.[2]

Cardinal[change | edit source]

In 1381, Pope Urban VI raised Tomacelli to the rank of cardinal.[3]

Pope[change | edit source]

Cardinal Tomacelli was elected pope in 1389;[4] and he chose to be called Boniface IX.[5]

Pope Boniface was involved in Italian and European political disputes.[2]

Papal actions[change | edit source]

  • 1391 – University of Ferrara established[6]
  • 1392 – University of Efurt confirmed[2]
  • 1396 – Jubilee celebrated at Rome[2]
  • 1398 – University of Fermo established[2]

Boniface canonized St. Birgitta of Sweden.[7]

Western Schism[change | edit source]

Boniface IX was pope during the years of the Western Schism, which was a split between factions of the Roman Catholic Church between 1378 and 1417.[8]

During this period, there was more than one who claimed to be the true pope.[8]

Popes of the Western Schism
Antipope John XXIII Antipope John XXIII Antipope Alexander V Pope Gregory XII Pope Innocent VII Pope Innocent VII Pope Boniface IX Pope Urban VI Avignon Pope Benedict XIII Avignon Pope Clement VII Pope Martin V Pope Gregory XI

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References[change | edit source]

The Coat of Arms of Boniface IX
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-29.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Pope Boniface IX", Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-29.
  3. Montor, Artaud de. (1911). "Pope Boniface IX," The Lives and Times of the Popes, Vol. 4, p. 85.
  4. Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. (1838). "Boniface IX," Penny cyclopaedia, Vol. 5, p. 154.
  5. Note on ordinal numbering: Popes Boniface VIII–IX are really the 7th and 8th popes with that name. This is because Boniface VII is now parsed as an antipope; but during the reign of Boniface VIII, this was not recognized. The "true" or actual eighth pope Boniface identified himself with the ordinal number IX. In other words, the numbering of popes after the 7th Boniface needs to be explained -- compare Popes Benedict XI–XVI.
  6. Motor, p. 87.
  7. "Boniface IX," Encyclopedia Britannica (1910), Vol. 4, p. 207.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Western Schism," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-29.

Other websites[change | edit source]

Media related to Bonifacius IX at Wikimedia Commons


Preceded by
Urban VI
Pope
1389–1404
Succeeded by
Innocent VII