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Biography: 00006

Last Name
ANACLETUS II
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Pope
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Formerly Petrus, Cardinal PIERLEONI, Pope Anacletus II was from a famous Italian Jewish Christian family. Installed as Pope by the cardinals who complained that Innocent II was elected hastily, and contrary to proper canonical fashion. This led to a schism which forced Innocent II to flee North. There, Bernard de Clairvaux was asked to judge between the two and decided in favor of Innocent II. Using rumors of Anacletus II's descent from a Jewish convert to blacken his reputation succeeded in weakening his position and left him with few patrons. At his death Innocent II returned to Rome and the schism ended. Now, he is historically referred to as the Anti-Pope.
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