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Catholic Church did not persecute Copernicus

the Catholic Church did not persecute Copernicus and instead the Pope was so pleased with the theory he gave a gift

In 1533, Johann Widmanstetter (alternately spelled John Widmanstad), a secretary of Pope Clement VII, explained the Copernican system to the Pope and two cardinals. The Pope was so pleased that he gave Widmanstetter a valuable gift.

Meeting of Francis I and Pope Clement VII in Marseilles, 13 October 1533.
Towards the end of his life, Clement VII once more gave indications of a leaning towards a French alliance, which was averted by his death in September 1534 in Rome after consuming a death cap mushroom (Amanita phalloides). His body was interred in Santa Maria sopra Minerva.

As for the arts, Clement VII is remembered for having ordered, just a few days before his death, Michelangelo’s painting of The Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel.