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Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy Birthday Pope Paul III

The only Pope (that we know of) who was born in a bissextile year! Pope Paul III was born in 1468 on February 29th.

The good news...

Sublimis Deus [English: The sublime God] (erroneously cited as Sublimus Dei) is a papal bull promulgated by Pope Paul III on June 2, 1537, which forbids the enslavement of the indigenous peoples of the Americas (called Indians of the West and the South) and all other people.

The not-so-good news...

In 1540, the Church officially recognized the young society forming about Ignatius of Loyola, the Society of Jesus (JESUITS!).