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Pope Boniface VIII
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Religious Figure
    (1235-October 11, 1303)
    Birth name is Benedetto Caetani
    194th Pope of the Catholic Church (1294-1303)
    He was a lawyer.
    He encouraged Pope Celestine V to abdicate the papacy.
    One of his first act was to then declare all of Pope Celestine's actions as invalid and order his arrest.
    He pushed papal authority to its extreme when he declared: 'It is necessary for salvation that every living creature be under submission to the Roman pontiff.'
    He saw himself as the ruler of the world.
    He used his spiritual authority to increase the standing of his family in Rome.
    He ordered the absolute destruction of the city of Palestrina, killing 6,000 citizens and salting the earth where it stood.
    He threw his political rivals to the mob by excommunicating them.
    Dante included him in 'Divine Comedy' (he made the eighth circle of Hell).
    There is strong evidence that he did not believe in God.
    He was kidnapped by agents of Philip IV, but released when he refused to abdicate.
    He possessed a brilliant legal mind.
    He was one of the most powerful popes in the history of the Catholic Church.
    He said: 'The dead will rise just as little as my horse which died yesterday.'
    He said: 'Sex and the satisfaction of natural drives is as little a sin as hand washing.'
    As a result of his kidnapping, he died a paranoid and broken man.

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