Lead: For sixty years the Popes of the Roman Catholic Church lived in Avignon in the South of France. Sixty years of extravagance, spiritual neglect, and declining church influence. Just at the moment it seemed things could not get worse, they did.

Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: After six decades in France the prospect of further troubles convinced Pope Gregory XI to move back to Rome. Unfortunately he died shortly thereafter and when the College of Cardinals met to pick his successor, mobs poured into the streets of Rome, surrounded the place of meeting and put great pressure on the Cardinals to elect an Italian, who, they hoped, would keep headquarters in Rome. They elected Archbishop Bartolomeo Prignano who took the name Urban VI.


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