In the name of orthodoxy, he is in favor of a smaller church, but one that is more ideologically pure.
In private, he is known as a thoughtful thinker...
and shy, if not aloof. He is also an accomplished pianist, favoring Beethoven.
Benedict XV was an Italian who presided from 1914 to 1922 during World War I. A diplomat, his efforts to end the war were ignored by both sides and the papacy was not invited to the peace conference that followed hostilities.