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Inquisition:when was it born?

A trial during the Inquisition

When the Inquisition was created , or the ecclesiastical institution founded by the Catholic Church to fight, through a special court, the heresies ?

Foreshadowed within the Council of Verona (1184), it was only with Pope Innocent III , at the beginning of the thirteenth century, that it was definitively developed. The Inquisition was therefore born with the very specific purpose of prosecuting heretics , that is, those who strayed from Catholic orthodoxy, but the main objective, at least in theory, was not to punish them, but to lead them back to the right path through penance. torture available at the time (it was the same pope Innocent IV to officially authorize this practice in 1252), exactly as was the practice in civil courts.