When you think of Popes you wouldn’t think that a small country like the Netherlands ever would produce a Pope. But yet it did.
Born as Adriaan Florensz Boeyens in Utrecht on March 2 1459. He would become thr head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 9 January 1522 until his death on 14 September 1523. He would be the only Dutchman so far to become pope, and was the last non-Italian pope until John Paul II, 455 years later.
He was designated the title Pope Adrian VI or also Hadrian VI. Adrian was resented by the Romans as an outsider. He took up the task of reforming the church. Pope Adrian VI took over from Pope Leo X, who had been Pope from 1513 to 1521.Pope Leo had left the papacy in chaos. The treasury was depleted by wars, construction, and private leisure activities.
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