Gregory XII


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Noun1.Gregory XII - the Italian pope from 1406 to 1415 who worked to end the Great Schism and who retired to make it possible (1327-1417)Gregory XII - the Italian pope from 1406 to 1415 who worked to end the Great Schism and who retired to make it possible (1327-1417)
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Pope Gregory XII also died on this day in 1417, as did Pope Pius III, who died in 1503.
Pope Gregory XII |also died on this day in 1417, as did Pope Pius III, who died in 1503.
Though the physical deterioration of Pope John Paul II from 2003 to 2005 was well-documented, the fact that no pope has resigned from office since Gregory XII in 1415 means there is no protocol for dealing with or reporting on the physical state of a former pontiff, especially one who has vowed to stay out of the public eye.
The pope's resignation is the first since Pope Gregory XII in 1415.
The Pope, 85, will retire on Thursday - the first pope to abdicate since Gregory XII in 1415.
According to reports, Celestine V, a saintly hermit had been the last Pope to resign voluntarily in 1294 after reigning for five months only and Gregory XII reluctantly in 1415 to end a dispute on rival claims to papacy.
The decision was all the more surprising since the last time a Pope did this was Pope Gregory XII in 1415.
The last pontiff to resign was Pope Gregory XII, who quit in 1415 amid a schism within the Church.
Pope Benedict's resignation will be the first voluntary departure from the seat since Pope Gregory XII resigned in 1415.