POPE HONORIUS III AND THE FIFTH CRUSADE

Medieval knight Pope Honorius III was the Pope of the Fifth Crusade. Manu call him the lesser of the three popes in succession, Innocent III, Honorius and Gregory IX. But, maybe not. Honorius III, named Cencio, son of Aimerico, was born in Italy probably between 1150...

POPE INNOCENT AND THE FOURTH CRUSADE

Papal Wear In the years of superheroes like Robin Hood, King Richard-the-Lion-Heart and villains like King John of England, we Catholics have a hero of our own, Pope Innocent III. Born in either 1160 or 1161, Innocent was born Lotario dei Conti di Segni, son of Count...

POPE CLEMENT III AND THE THIRD CRUSADE

Born around 1130, Paolo Scolari, a Roman citizen, was an older man when he took the throne of Peter December 17, 1187. Pope Gregory VIII died after only two months as he began preparations for the Third Crusade. Taking the name of Clement, the new Pope had much energy...

POPE GREGORY VIII AND THE THIRD CRUSADE

Pope Gregory VIII was a very old man when he called for the Third Crusade against the Moors of the Middle East. Born Alberto di Morra in around 1100 to 1105, he was the son of the noble, Sartorius di Morra. His hometown was Benevento, Papal States. Alberto became a...

POPE LUCIUS III, THE ELDERLY POPE

One of the oldest popes, Lucius was a political man as well as a negotiator. Lucius was born around 1097, making him 84 when he ascended to the chair of Peter. Born Ubaldo Allucingoli, he was likely the son of Orlando, a member of a prominent Lucca family. We know...