Utrecht marks birth of only Dutch pope

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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.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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