On this day in 1128, Pope Honorius II grants a papal sanction to the military order known as the Knight’s Templar, declaring it to be God’s Army. ¬†Pope Honorius II came from very humble beginnings before becoming the most powerful instrument of the Vatican. ¬†Born Lamberto Scannabecchi in Fiagnano near present-day Imola, Italy, he attracted the attention of Pope Urban II after becoming the archdeacon of Bologna. ¬†Soon after taking over power of the Vatican, Pope Honorius recognized the group of French guards that were protecting Crusaders on their passage to Jerusalem to fight. ¬†The Knight’s Templar were born into nobility but took strict vows of poverty, did not own land and had strict rules on chastity and obedience.

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