High Pontiff Jude I

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High Pontiff
Jude I
Reign: 1648-1672
Enthronement: 1648
Predecessor: Clement III
Successor: Siegmund I
Born: 1616
Death: 1672

Jude I (Common: Jude I), born as Elphias Stem, was Pontiff between 1648-1672.

As an astute clergyman and Archbishop of Jorenus, Elphias of Metz ascended quickly and was elected High Pontiff Jude, the first of his namesake. His task was defined by his ability to repair the credibility and image of the Church as a result of its perceived recession. He is dubbed as being one of the most prolific authors to hold the Pontificate and is noted for his steadfast institutional reform. Beginning with the abolition of priestly appointments to diocese, the High Pontiff instituted direct appointment of priests to bishops as well as introduced a census for the presbyterate. Jude also codified a renewed liturgical rite, a common Credo for the church, and declared the Year of the Faithful and the Jubilee of Priests to celebrate the vitality of the Church's mission. In addition, he is responsible for the certification of the Order of Saint Everard, the Order of the Exalted Throne, the Sister of Saint Julia, who at their peak was among the largest orders in history, and Chantry. All of which aforementioned demonstrated a performative work for his vocational talent. Among his other contributions is his consolidation of relics recovered during his Pontificate. He is noted for his strong orthodoxy especially on his objection to lay investiture and promoting priestly authority and on his heavy enforcement with the Order of Saint Lucien. He also promoted ecumenical dialogue with the Rashidum faith in the recognition of a concordat of good will. High Pontiff Jude's cause of death was martyrdom at the hands of undead creatures following Mass within Haense's Cathedral of Karl Barbanov.