Pope Alexander IV facts

Alexander IV
Papacy began 12 December 1254
Papacy ended 25 May 1261
Predecessor Pope Innocent IV
Successor Pope Urban IV
Personal details
Birth name Rinaldo Conti di Segni
Born c. 1185
Died May 25, 1261(1261-05-25)
Viterbo
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Pope Alexander IV (Latin: Alexander Quartus; c. 1185 – 25 May 1261), born Rinaldo Conti di Segni, was an Italian cleric of the Roman Catholic Church. He was the 182nd Pope from 1254 until his death.

Early life

Rinaldo Conti di Segni was born into the family of the counts of Segni. His relations included Pope Innocent III and Pope Gregory IX.

Cardinal

In 1227, Gregory IX made Conti a cardinal.

Pope

Cardinal Conti was elected pope on December 12, 1254. He chose to be called Alexander IV.

Pope Alexander was involved in Italian and European political disputes. The pope tried and failed to affect politics in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

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