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Year of the World 6670

Year of Christ 1471

Sixtus IV of Liguria, a native of the city of Savona, and previously called Franciscus, a general of the Barefoot Order, was, after the death of Pope Paul, chosen pontiff by the cardinals on the 9th day of August in this year. From childhood his parents consecrated him to the service of God, and he entered upon it with the brothers of the Franciscan Order. When he had grown up he went to Padua; and there he remained almost twenty years, reading, studying, and writing, becoming illustrious throughout the world for his wisdom. He wrote a book on the power and majesty of God, one about the blood of Christ, another on the conception of the Virgin Mary, and others. In the Franciscan Order he passed through all the offices, and he became a cardinal. Before and during his pontificate he was a mild man, of moderate retired life, and generous and helpful to the poor, but most of all to the clergy, to whom he extended privileges. He was kind to his friends and servants; lenient toward the guilty who deserved punishment. He assisted with funds and lent a hand to the poor princes and noblemen, particularly the sons of the emperor of Constantinople, and the queen of Posen, who had been dispersed by the Turks. By incredible goodness he also protected the Knights or Rhodes, and Ferdinand, who had been attacked by the Turks. He also improved the city of Rome which had fallen into decay; built a bridge across the Tiber at great cost, and extended countless benefits to the city of Rome. During his pontificate he did nothing culpable, except, that as usually happens, he loved his own too much—an error into which many of his predecessors had fallen. In the fourth year of his pontificate he celebrated the Jubilee, or Year of Grace, instituted by Paul, his predecessor. He enrolled the blessed Bona Ventura. in the number of holy confessors. And although he had detractors and columniators, he was a very pious pope and a diligent shepherd and pastor, an enemy of avarice, a moderator of anger, and an extirpator of evil. During his pontificate he made twenty cardinals. He finally died in the thirteenth year of his pontificate.

Year of the World 6683

Year of Christ 1484

Innocent VIII, a Genoese, of middle class but honorable family, previously called Giovanni Battista, a cardinal, was elected pope on the 13th day of the month of August in this year. His parents were of noble family and bore a good reputation in the conduct of their affairs. They came from Genoa by the sea—a city that outshines all other Italian cities in elegance, in the beauty and size of its buildings, and in the abundance of all those things which arrive there by land and sea. And as Innocent distinguished himself among all the cardinals for his humility, ingenuity, virtue, resignation and ability, he was chosen from among the rest as a pope. He was a man of prudence and worldly experience, and at Siena and Rome performed the duties of his office of legate so wisely that the cardinals placed great faith in him. The inception of his pontificate was fraught with wars with the citizenry; for what he was able to attain from princes and communities, he was unable to obtain from his own people. When emissaries were sent to him in Germany and Italy, he diligently urged peace, asking all mankind to lay down their arms and end the wars. But not long thereafter some evil-disposed person took it upon himself to hinder and defeat the pope in his good intentions, and to bring about his illness; and soon he incited discord between the Orsini and the Columna, the two noble and mighty Roman families. This greatly distressed the pope; yet he did not attempt to allay contention by threats or force of arms. Although Innocent set himself many tasks involving his papal office, the common good of Christendom, and the needs of the Church, he was not able to accomplish these things for lack of time, and because of his illness and the prevalence of wars. Yet he showed himself beneficent toward his friends, and thankful toward God. When he recovered his health, he endowed the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo. He enrolled in the number of holy confessors the name of Duke Leopold