Benedict XV: Ratzinger’s Namesake and Promoter of Music

A century ago, on January 22, 1922, the Pope of Peace died at the age of 67: Benedict XV, whose original name was Giacomo Della Chiesa.

Born in Genoa, northwestern Italy, to a noble family on November 21, 1854, at the age of 20 he graduated in law, at 24 he was a priest, at 28 secretary of the apostolic nuncio in Madrid, at 32 minutant and at 46 substitute of the Secretariat of State, at 53 archbishop of Bologna for seven years, at 59 he was created cardinal and three months later elected…

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