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Innocent XII
Papacy began 12 July 1691
Papacy ended 27 September 1700
Predecessor Pope Alexander VIII
Successor Pope Clement XI
Personal details
Birth name Antonio Pignatelli
Born (1615-03-13)March 13, 1615
Spinazzola, Puglia
Died September 27, 1700(1700-09-27) (aged 85)
Other Popes named Innocent

Pope Innocent XII (Latin: Innocentius Duodecimus; 13 March 1615 – 27 September 1700), born Antonio Pignatelli, was an Italian cleric of the Roman Catholic Church and the 243rd Pope from 1691 to 1700.

Early life

Pignatelli was born at Spinazzola in Puglia.

He was educated at the Jesuit college in Rome.

Pignatelli developed diplomatic experience when he was papal legate to Poland and to Austria.

He gained administrative experience when he was governor of Perugia.


Piganatelli was made Bishop of Faenza in 1681. Pope Innocent XI made him Archbishop of Naples in 1687.


Pope Innocent XI raised Pignatelli to the rank of Cardinal in 1682.


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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Preceded by
Alexander VIII
Succeeded by
Clement XI

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