Death of Pope John XIII, 133rd successor of Peter who was imprisoned by the supporters of an opposing faction for ten months. He was released with the help of Emperor Otto I who assisted in the spread of Christianity in Poland and Bohemia. John introduced the custom of blessing and giving a name to bells.
Election of Pope Lucius III as 171st successor of Peter. By means of a hurriedly put-together constitution Lucius exhorted all those in authority to suppress heresy by force of arms, having himself been forced to take refuge in Verona because of the riots which had broken out in his own territories.
Cardinal Francis Della Chiesa of Genoa is chosen as the 258th successor of Peter, taking the name Pope Benedict XV and succeeding the popular Pope Saint Pius X. Benedict ruled for eight years. He beatified Joan of Arc and increased the number of countries diplomatically accredited to the Vatican from 14 to 27 including England which had been without representation since Henry VIII had revolted.