Pope Innocent XII facts
|Papacy began||12 July 1691|
|Papacy ended||27 September 1700|
|Predecessor||Pope Alexander VIII|
|Successor||Pope Clement XI|
|Birth name||Antonio Pignatelli|
March 13, 1615|
|Died||September 27, 1700
|Other Popes named Innocent|
Pignatelli was born at Spinazzola in Puglia.
He was educated at the Jesuit college in Rome.
He gained administrative experience when he was governor of Perugia.
Cardinal Pignatelli was elected pope on 12 July 1691; and he chose to be called Innocent XII.
In 1692, Innocent XII issued the papal bull Romanum decet Pontificem which banned the curial office of the cardinal-nephew.
Pope Innocent was involved in Italian and European political disputes.
In the Papal States, Innocent invested in public works. For example, he caused the harbor of Porto d'Anzo to be constructed on the ruins of Antium. Also, he constructed the aqueduct of Civitavecchia.
After his death
The tomb of Innocent XII at St. Peter's Basilica was sculpted by Filippo della Valle.
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