Pope Innocent III facts
|Papacy began||8 January 1198|
|Papacy ended||16 July 1216|
|Birth name||Lotario de' Conti di Segni|
|Born||1160 or 1161
Gavignano, Papal States, Holy Roman Empire
|Died||16 July 1216 (aged 54–55)
Perugia, Papal States, Holy Roman Empire
|Other Popes named Innocent|
Lotario di Conti was born at Anagni in central Italy. His father was Count Trasimund of Segni who was a member of the Conti family.
In 1190, Clement III raised him to the rank of Cardinal.
Cardinal Segni was unanimously elected pope on January 8, 1198; and he took the name of Innocent III.
Pope Innocent was involved in Italian and European political disputes.
Pope Innocent promoted the theory that the spiritual power of the church was greater than than any king or emperor. Innocent was the first pope to form a Papal state.
In 1215, Innocent brought together the church's bishops and cardinals in a meeting called the Fourth Lateran Council.
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