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Pope Julius III
Born: Gian Maria del Monte
Preceded by: Paul III (1534 - 1549)
Succeeded by: Marcellus II (1555)
Roman Catholic Pope #222

Born: September 10, 1487 (Rome)
Died: March 23, 1555
Pope: February 8, 1550 - March 23, 1555 (5 years)

Early on Julius III was persuaded by emperor Charles V to recall the Council of Trent, which had been suspended in 1548. During its six sessions Protestant theologians attended and conferred with Catholics, but nothing ultimately came of it.

Julius was, however, successful in strengthening the Church internally. He confirmed the constitution of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1550 and founded the Collegium Germanicum for the training of German priests. Eventually, matters deteriorated even on this level. Julius began to devote himself to living a life of luxury and ease, schoking others at the way he behaved at entertainments. The first cardinal he ever created was a boy just sixteen years old, merely because of the youth's courage when bitten by the pope's pet monkey.

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