Pope Clemens VIII: “This devil’s drink is so delicious…we should cheat the devil by baptizing it!”

Mark J. Wagner This is Pope Clemens VIII. Most of you probably are unaware that we owe Him great favor and enormous wealth, as well as wealth of health:

Coffee (Wikipedia). History of coffee.

Coffee aficionados often claim that the spread of its popularity is due to Pope Clement VIII’s influence. Being pressured by his advisers to declare coffee the “bitter invention of Satan” because of its popularity among Muslims and it being a sort of antithesis or substitute for wine (which was used in the Eucharist), upon tasting it he instead declared that,

“This devil’s drink is so delicious…we should cheat the devil by baptizing it!”

The year often cited is 1600. It is not clear whether this is a true story, but it may have been found amusing at the time.

Leaving aside politics and science, enormous complexities of that period, Cardinal Ippolito Aldobrandini (Clemens VIII) visited Poland and the Bedzin Royal Castle during Peace Talks in 1588 (He did, indeed, great job as a Papal envoy).

On personal note; perhaps I will see my literary works, music published during my lifetime … .

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Mark J. Wagner  The history of Caffee, hmm … .

Pope Clemens VIII: “This devil’s drink is so delicious…we should cheat the devil by baptizing it!”

If something goes wrong, its Masons !!!
🙂

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_coffee

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