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Nicholas V, the first Renaissance pope, was born 624 years ago…

Today in Papal History marks the 624th anniversary of the birth of Pope Nicholas V, the man considered to be the first of the “Renaissance popes.” Born as Tommaso Parentucelli, his path to the papacy was a bit unusual, especially for that time. He wasn’t born to one of Rome’s rich or powerful families, but was rather the son of a country doctor who found himself tutoring their children – specifically the wealthy families in Florence.


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