Clement XIII


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Pope from 1758. The main preoccupation of his pontificate was the storm over the Jesuits. When the Parlement of Paris demanded drastic changes in their constitution in 1761, Clement refused. Nearly all French Jesuits had to go into exile in 1764; the Pope replied by issuing a bull praising the work of the Jesuits (1765). The demand of the ambassadors of Spain, Naples, and France in 1769 for the destruction of the Society is thought to have hastened Clement's death.

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