Gregory XIII: The Pope fixes the calendar, which we still use today.
In this episode of Habemus Papam, Fr. Conrad discusses Gregory XIII, who succeeded Saint Pius V and you can learn about in last week’s episode here.
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Have you ever wondered why the calendar adds an extra day every four years? How many days is in a year to be exact? Fr. Conrad discusses the pope who realized that the Julian calendar needed to be fixed because the seasons no longer matched the equinoxes and the solstices.
Born, Ugo Boncompagni to Cristoforo Boncompagni on January 7, 1502 in Bologna. He studied law and later taught jurisprudence and taught some notable figues as Cardinals Alexander Farnese, Reginald Pole, and Charles Borromeo. Pope Pius V died and the conclave chose Cardinal Boncompagni and he took the name Gregory XIII in homage of Pope Gregory the Great, a 6th century pope.
Gregory XIII dedicated himself to implement the Council of Trent. With the papal bull Inter gravissimas of February 24, 1582, the day after October 4th 1582 became October 15th.
On April 5, 1585 the pope suffered from a fever. He appeared well for some time, but on April 10th he stayed in his bed and he received Extreme Unction moments before he died.