This episode is on a pope who was already almost 80 years old by the time he was elected, and he was really hoping to be able to retire in peace before his fellow cardinals got the bright idea to put him in charge.
No, this wasn’t 7 years ago, or even 15 years ago.
It was the 1600s.
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