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Papal conclave
May 1342
Dates and location
5–7 May 1342
Palais des Papes, Avignon
Key officials
DeanPierre Desprès
CamerlengoGasbert de Valle
ProtopriestImbert Dupuis
ProtodeaconRaymond Guillaume des Farges
Elected pope
Pierre Roger
Name taken: Clement VI
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The 1342 papal conclave (5 May to 7 May) – the papal conclave convened after the death of Pope Benedict XII, it elected Cardinal Pierre Roger, who became the fourth Pope of the period of Avignon Papacy under the name Clement VI.

Cardinal electors

Pope Benedict XII died at Avignon on 25 April 1342. At the time of his death, there were nineteen Cardinals in the Sacred College, of whom seventeen participated in the subsequent conclave:[1]

Elector Title Elevated Elevator Notes[2]
Pierre Desprès Bishop of Palestrina 20 December 1320 John XXII Dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals; Vice-Chancellor of the Holy Roman Church
Bertrand du Pouget Bishop of Ostia e Velletri 17 December 1316 John XXII nephew of John XXII
Jean-Raymond de Comminges Bishop of Porto e Santa Rufina 18 December 1327 John XXII
Annibaldo di Ceccano Bishop of Frascati 18 December 1327 John XXII
Pedro Gómez de Barroso Bishop of Sabina 18 December 1327 John XXII
Imbert du Puy Priest of SS. XII Apostoli 18 December 1327 John XXII Protopriest and Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals
nephew of John XXII
Hélie de Talleyrand-Périgord Priest of S. Pietro in Vincoli 25 May 1331 John XXII Cardinal-protector of the Order of Franciscans
Pierre Bertrand Priest of S. Clemente 20 December 1331 John XXII
Gozzio Battaglia Priest of S. Prisca December 18, 1338 Benedict XII
Bertrand de Déaulx Priest of S. Marco 18 December 1338 Benedict XII
Pierre Roger, O.S.B. Priest of SS. Nereo ed Achilleo 18 December 1338 Benedict XII Elected Pope Clement VI
Guillaume Court, O.Cist. Priest of SS. IV Coronati 18 December 1338 Benedict XII nephew of John XXII
Bernard d’Albi Priest of S. Ciriaco alle Terme 18 December 1338 Benedict XII
Guillaume d'Aure, O.S.B. Priest of S. Stefano al Monte Celio January 1339 Benedict XII
Raymond Guillaume des Farges Deacon of S. Maria Nuova 19 December 1310 Clement V Protodeacon of the Sacred College of Cardinals; nephew of John XXII
Gaillard de la Mothe Deacon of S. Lucia in Silice 17 December 1316 John XXII
Giovanni Colonna Deacon of S. Angelo in Pescheria 18 December 1327 John XXII

Ten electors were creatures of John XXII, six of Benedict XII and one of Clement V. Thirteen of them were French, three Italian and one Spanish.

The post of the Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church was occupied at that time by Gasbert de Valle,[3] Archbishop of Narbonne (not a Cardinal) and nephew of Pope John XXII.

Absentee cardinals

Two French Cardinals, both elevated by John XXII, did not participate in this conclave:[1]

Elector Cardinalatial Title Elevated Elevator Notes[2]
Gauscelin de Jean Bishop of Albano December 17, 1316 John XXII Grand penitentiary; nephew of John XXII
Bertrand de Montfavez Deacon of S. Maria in Aquiro December 17, 1316 John XXII Archpriest of the patriarchal Lateran Basilica

The election of Pope Clement VI

The conclave started on May 5 and lasted only two days. On May 7 Cardinal Pierre Roger, former Chancellor of the Kingdom of France, was unanimously elected Pope, "by divine inspiration alone", as reported shortly thereafter Cardinals des Farges and Ceccano.[4] Elect took the name of Clement VI. On May 19 new Pope was crowned in the church of the Dominicans in Avignon by Raymond Guillaume des Farges, protodeacon of S. Maria Nuova.[5]

Shortly after the death of Benedict XII king Philip VI of France sent to Avignon his eldest son with the task to support the candidature of Cardinal Roger, but when he arrived, the election had been already accomplished with the result expected by the king.[4]


  1. ^ a b Miranda, Salvador. "Conclave of May 5 - 7, 1342 (Clement VI)". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Florida International University. OCLC 53276621.
  2. ^ a b Notes according to the biographical entries of the respective cardinals on The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church: Consistories for the creation of Cardinals, 14th Century (1303-1404) by Salvador Miranda
  3. ^ Niccolò del Re, La Curia romana: lineamenti storico giuridici, Città del Vaticano, 1998, p. 296
  4. ^ a b G. Mollat, p. 37
  5. ^ Miranda, Salvador. "ROGER, O.S.B., Pierre (ca. 1290/1291-1352)". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Florida International University. OCLC 53276621.