Pope Innocent V dies 1276

walwyn Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:45
Monday, June 22, 1276

Innocent V died on the 22nd of June 1276 having been pope for 5 months, and was buried in the patriarchal Lateran basilica, Rome. He was beatified by Pope Leo XIII in 1898.1

During his short papacy Innocent V he attempted to reconcile the differences between the Guelphs and Ghibellines, and made peace between the Tuscan cities of Pisa and Lucca, and attempted unsuccessfully to broker an accord between the German King Rudolf of Habsburg and the Charles of Anjou.

Previous to his election as pope he had participated at the Second Council of Lyons, organized by his predecessor Gregory X, which discussed a new Crusade and the reunification of the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. During his papacy he sent legates to Michael VIII Palaeologus, the Byzantine emperor who was anxious for reunification. However the Orthodox clergy remained opposed to any accommodation with the Roman church.

Innocent V wrote a number of books on theology, philosophy and canon law. These include the "Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard", "De unitate formæ", "De materia cæli", "De æternitate mundi", "De intellectu et voluntate", and a commentry on the Epistles of Paul.2