Rome celebrated the coming of the new century with a great jubilee

Rome celebrated the coming of the new century with a great jubilee

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Unformatted text preview: Rome celebrated the coming of the new century with a great jubilee: a million pilgrims converged on the city, and the ailing pope, Clement VIII, heard the confessions of heretics and blessed the progress of the Counter-Reformation from the balcony of his palace. Meanwhile, Galileo was facing new family problems; since his father's death early in the previous decade, he had become the head of the family, and its principle breadwinner. In this capacity, he supported his brother Michelangelo's fumbling attempts to become a professional musician, which eventually landed him a post in the Polish court, but not before bleeding considerable sums of money from Galileo's purse. In 1604, the Polish appointment came to an end, and again Galileo was forced to support his brother until another job came along, this time in the German principality of Bavaria. his brother until another job came along, this time in the German principality of Bavaria....
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