Sculpture of Pope Benedict XIV by Pietro Bracci

A Man of Faith and Science: Pope Benedict XIV


In April 2012, experts gathered for a conference in St. Louis to discuss the life and legacy of "The Enlightenment Pope": Pope Benedict XIV. Benedict, a startlingly modern figure, used his papacy in the 1700s to advance issues of science, the arts, and women's authority. Explore this fascinating life with the help of scholars, including Washington University professor Rebecca Messbarger.


Wikimedia Commons: Benedict XIV by Pietro Bracci