Pope election 2013: Does It matters if you are black or white?
There is an interesting story regarding the Pope’s election that dates back to late 14th century. On the death of Pope Gregory XI, both France and Italy staked their right to the papacy. After a lot of political and diplomatic lobbying, Urban VI, an Italian, was chosen, but he turned out to be a controversial choice owing to his quick temper.
There are tales about how he came to blows with a cardinal, following which his election was declared null and void. So within five months, Clement VII, of French origin, was selected in a second conclave. This only added fuel to the fire and each of the Popes claimed the election of the other one to be invalid.
To break the impasse, a third Pope was elected in Pisa in an attempt to end the controversy, but this was not to be and only more confusion ensued. At the end of this all, all the three Popes were removed from their posts and Martin V was elected in the region which falls in Germany today.
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