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Innocent VIII
Papacy began August 29, 1484
Papacy ended July 25, 1492
Predecessor Pope Sixtus IV
Successor Pope Alexander VI
Personal details
Birth name Giovanni Battista Cibo
Born 1432
Died July 25, 1492(1492-07-25)
Other Popes named Innocent
Malleus Maleficarum, 1520 edition

Pope Innocent VIII (Latin: Innocentius Octavus; 1432 – July 25, 1492), born Giovanni Battista Cibo, was an Italian cleric of the Roman Catholic Church and the 214th Pope from 1484 until his death.

Early years

Giovanni Battista Cibo was born at Genoa

In Rome he became a priest in service of Cardinal Calandrini who was half-brother to Pope Nicholas V.


Pope Paul II made Cibo the Bishop of Savona in 1467. He was made Bishop of Molfetta in 1472.


In 1473, Pope Sixtus IV raised Cibo to the rank of cardinal.


Cardinal Cibo was elected pope on August 29, 1484; and he chose to be called Innocent VIII.

Pope Innocent was involved in Italian and European political disputes.

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