This day in Jewish history / The Portuguese Inquisition’s dark legacy
The Church’s anti-heresy force was formed after thousands of Jews forced into exile in Spain moved westward to Portugal.
May 23, 1536, marks the day that the Inquisition was formally introduced into Portugal. This happened when the pope, Paul II, issued a bill establishing the tribunal in the kingdom, and abrogating a number of extant measures that had been meant to mitigate earlier actions taken against suspected Judaizers.
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