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Pope Celestine II

Celestine II, pope (1143-1144), born Guido di Castello, was elected in 1143, governed the church only five months and thirteen days, died March 9th 1144, and was buried at the Lateran.

He had studied under Peter Abelard. The principal act of his Papacy was the absolution of Louis VII of France at the request of that penitent monarch, and the removal of the interdict under which that country had lain for three years.

Preceded by:
Pope Innocent II
List of popes Succeeded by:
Pope Lucius II

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