Honorius IV, Pope of Rome
A grand-nephew of Honorius III, Giacomo Savelli was born c. 1210 in Rome
and studied in Paris. Urban IV made him a cardinal in 1261. Savelli was
elected pope in 1285 and took the name of his great-uncle. Although he
favored mendicant orders, he condemned the Apostolics, who preached
evangelical poverty, the year after his election. Persuaded by St. Raymond
of Peñafort, Honorius encouraged the study of Oriental languages at
University of Paris in the hope that greater knowledge of them in the West
would repair the schism with the Eastern Church and would facilitate the
conversion of Jews and Arabs. He hoped also that Sicily would become a
papal fief. Crippled by arthritis, Honorius died in 1287.
Karen Rae Keck
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