Pope Leo XII facts

Leo XII
Papacy began 28 September 1823
Papacy ended 10 February 1829
Predecessor Pope Pius VII
Successor Pope Pius VIII
Personal details
Birth name Annibale Francesco Clemente Melchiore Girolamo Nicola Sermattei della Genga
Born (1760-08-22)22 August 1760
Genga (near Spoleto)
Died 10 February 1829(1829-02-10)
Rome, Papal States
Other Popes named Leo

Pope Leo XII (Latin: Leo Duodecimus; 22 August 1760 – 10 February 1829), born Annibale Francesco Clemente Melchiore Girolamo Nicola Sermattei della Genga, was an Italian priest of the Roman Catholic Church and the 253rd Pope from 1823 to 1829.

Life

Della Genga was born in a family of Papal States nobility.

Priest

Della Genga was ordained as a priest in 1783.

Pope Pius VII made him his private secretary.

Bishop

In 1793, he was made Archbishop of Tyre; and he was sent as papal nuncio to Lucerne.

He was the papal nuncio in Cologne between 1794 and 1805.

After 1805, he retired to the abbey of Monticelli near Florence.

Cardinal

Tn 1816, Pius VII created him cardinal.

In 1820, Cardinal della Genga became Vicar-General of Rome.

Pope

Cardinal della Genga was elected pope 1n September 1823.

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