Pope Pius VII facts
|Papacy began||14 March 1800|
|Papacy ended||20 August 1823|
|Predecessor||Pope Pius VI|
|Successor||Pope Leo XII|
|Birth name||Barnaba Niccolò Maria Luigi Chiaramonti|
|Born||14 August 1742|
|Died||20 August 1823(aged 81)|
|Other Popes named Pius|
Pope Pius VII (Latin: Pius Septimus; 14 August 1742 – 20 August 1823), born Barnaba Niccolò Maria Luigi Chiaramonti, was an Italian priest of the Roman Catholic Church and the 252nd Pope from 14 March 1800 to 20 August 1823.
At the age of 16, he joined the Benedictine Order in 1756; and he was called Brother Gregory.
Chiaramonte was ordained on 21 September 1765.
In 1782, Pius VI made Brother Gregory Bishop of Tivoli, which is near Rome. Later, he became the Bishop of Imola.
Cardinal Chiaramonti was elected pope on March 14 1800; and he chose to be called Pius VII. He appointed Ercole Consalvi as his Secretary of State.
Pope Pius was involved in Italian and European political disputes.
Pius traveled from Rome to Paris to crown Napoleon as Emperor of the French in 1804. Before leaving Rome, he signed abdication papers which would take effect if he were put in prison in France. He was not put in prison; and he did not abdicate.
After his death
Pope Pius VII presided over the Coronation of Napoleon I, as depicted by Jacques-Louis David.
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