Raised as I was in Italy , I know a few things about nepotism . In its origins , the term is a euphemism : historically , the “ nephews ” receiving favors were in fact natural children of a pope ( Alexander VI ) , who — being a Catholic pope — was not supposed to have children.
Source: Zingales, Luigi. A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity (p. 40). Basic Books. Kindle Edition.