Pope Callixtus III facts

Callixtus III
Papacy began April 8, 1455
Papacy ended August 6, 1458
Predecessor Pope Nicholas V
Successor Pope Pius II
Personal details
Birth name Alfonso Borja or Borgia
Born December 31, 1378
Valencia, Spain
Died August 6, 1458(1458-08-06)
Rome
Other Popes named Callixtus

Pope Callixtus III (Latin: Callistus Tertius; December 31, 1378–August 6, 1458), born Alfonso de Borja, was an Spanish official of the Roman Catholic Church and the 210th Pope from April 8, 1455 until his death.

Early life

Borja was born near Valencia on December 31, 1378.

Bishop

Martin V named Borja bishop of Valencia in 1429.

Cardinal

In 1444, Eugene IV made Borja or "Borgia" a cardinal.

Pope

After Nicholas V died, Cardinal Borgia was elected pope on April 8, 1455. He chose to be called Callixtus III.

In 1456, Callixtus authorized a review of the trial of Joan of Arc; and she was found innocent.

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