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Pope Alexander VI and the Spanish

[This is part of Catholic Analysis’ special series on Pope Alexander VI. This part, the seventh, touches on his closeness with his native country. Read the sixth part.] Br. J.B. Darcy points out some necessary background information: “For centuries, Spain

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The Election of Pope Alexander VI

[This is part of Catholic Analysis’ special series on Pope Alexander VI. This part, the fourth, details Alexander’s election and coronation. Read the third part.] The conclave of 1492 was an awesome, if typical, affair. After the death of Pope

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The Cardinalate of Rodrigo Borgia

[This is part of Catholic Analysis’ special series on Pope Alexander VI. This part, the third, elaborates on Rodrigo’s time as a cardinal. Read the second part.] Rodrigo Borgia was given the red hat by his uncle, Pope Callixtus III,

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The Borgia Family

[This is part of Catholic Analysis’ special series on Pope Alexander VI. This part, the second, deals with the pontiff’s family. Read the first part.] Vannozza dei Cattanei was Rodrigo Borgia’s mistress and the mother of his children. She “doubtless

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The Personality of Pope Alexander VI

[This is part of Catholic Analysis’ special series on Pope Alexander VI. This part, the first, details the pontiff’s personality.] Rodrigo Borgia was born on 1 January 1431, in Xativa, Spain. Thus, he was most likely baptized at the site

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