Pius IV


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Pope from 1559. Probably his greatest achievement was the reassembling and successful conclusion of the Council of Trent (1562–3), whose decrees he began to execute. He published a new Index in 1564, prepared the ‘Roman Catechism’, imposed the ‘Professio Fidei Tridentina’ on all holders of ecclesiastical office, and reformed the Sacred College.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Christianity.

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