Pope Innocent XI facts

Innocent XI
Papacy began 21 September 1676
Papacy ended 12 August 1689
Predecessor Pope Clement X
Successor Pope Alexander VIII
Personal details
Birth name Benedetto Odescalchi
Born (1611-05-16)May 16, 1611
Como. Italy
Died August 12, 1689(1689-08-12) (aged 78)
Rome
Other Popes named Innocent

Pope Innocent XI (Latin: Innocentius Undecimus; 16 May 1611 – 12 August 1689), born Benedetto Odescalchi, was an Italian cleric of the Roman Catholic Church and the 241st Pope from 1676 to 1689.

Early life

Benedetto Odescalchi was born at Como in 1611. He was the son of a Como nobleman, Livio Odescalchi

Cardinal

In 1645, Pope Innocent X raised Odescalchi to the rank of cardinal.

Bishop

In 1650, Odescalchi became Bishop of Novara.

Pope

Cardinal Odescalchi was elected pope on 21 September 1676; and he chose to be called Innocent XI.

Pope Innocent was involved in Italian and European political disputes, chiefly with Louis XIV of France

Innocent XI Dec 1688
Pope Innocent and Siamese envoys, 1688

In December 1688, Innocent received the diplomatic mission sent to the Vatican by Narai, the King of Siam.

After his death

After Innocent XI in 1689, he was buried in St. Peter's Basilica.

The process of canonization was begun in 1714 and suspended in 1744. Pope Pius XII announced his beatification in 1956.

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