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Innocent VI
Papacy began December 18, 1352
Papacy ended September 12, 1362
Predecessor Pope Clement VI
Successor Pope Urban V
Personal details
Birth name Étienne Aubert
Born c. 1282
Beyssac, France
Died September 12, 1362(1362-09-12)
Other Popes named Innocent
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Tomb of pope Innocent VI à the Chartreuse Notre-Dame-du-Val-de-Bénédiction (fr).

Pope Innocent VI (Latin: Innocentius Sextus; c. 1282 – September 12, 1362), born Étienne Aubert, was an French cleric of the Roman Catholic Church and the 200th Pope from December 18, 1352 until his death in 1362.

He was the fifth of the seven popes who lived in Avignon in France.

Early life

Étienne Aubert was born in the hamlet of Les Monts, which is today part of the commune of Beyssac in the Corrèze department of France. He was the son of Adhemar Aubert (1260-?), seigneur de Montel-De-Gelas in Limousin.


Aubert was made the Bishop of Noyon in 1338; and he became the Bishop of Clermont in 1340.


In 1342, he was raised to the position of cardinal.


Cardinal Aubert was elected pope on December 18, 1352. He chose to be called Innocent VI.

Pope Innocent was involved in Italian and European political disputes.

Papal actions

  • 1358 – Permitted Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor to be crowned in Rome.
  • 1360 Broker in negotiation of Treaty of Bretigny between England and France.

After his death

The tomb of Innocent VI is at the Carthusian monastery of Villeneuve-les-Avignon.

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