Calixtus III: Papal Bull

"On June 29, 1456, a date when Halley's comet could be seen in the night sky and mankind feared it could bring on a plague, famine, or some other disaster, pope Calixtus III, who had been enthroned for one year, issued a papal bull or official decree against the comet. His decree asked Christendom to pray that the comet -- or symbol of 'the anger of God,' as he put it -- be fended off or that, as Bartolomeo Platina wrote in 1479, the comet 'be entirely diverted against the Turks, the foes of the Christian name.'"
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