Utrecht marks birth of only Dutch pope
Ceremonies are being held in Utrecht today to mark the birth 550 years ago of the only Dutchman to have become pope.UTRECHT - The son of a Utrecht carpenter, Pope Adrian VI was born Adriaan Floreszoon Boeyens in 1459.
His tenure, which coincided with the upheaval wrought by the Protestant Reformation, lasted a mere 18 months until his death in 1523.
The commemoration begins with a pontifical mass led by Archbishop Eijk in Saint Catherine's Cathedral.
After that a symposium on Adrian VI will be held at Utrecht University.
The Dutchman was the last non-Italian pope until the election of the Polish pontiff John Paul II in 1978.
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