Pope Innocent VIII

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Innocent VIII
Papacy beganAugust 29, 1484
Papacy endedJuly 25, 1492
PredecessorPope Sixtus IV
SuccessorPope Alexander VI
Personal details
Birth nameGiovanni Battista Cibo
Died(1492-07-25)July 25, 1492
Other popes named Innocent

Pope Innocent VIII (Latin: Innocentius Octavus; 1432 – July 25, 1492), born Giovanni Battista Cibo, was an Italian cleric of the Roman Catholic Church and the 214th Pope from 1484 until his death.[1]

Early years[change | change source]

Giovanni Battista Cibo was born at Genoa[2]

In Rome he became a priest in service of Cardinal Calandrini who was half-brother to Pope Nicholas V.[3]

Bishop[change | change source]

Pope Paul II made Cibo the Bishop of Savona in 1467. He was made Bishop of Molfetta in 1472.[2]

Cardinal[change | change source]

In 1473, Pope Sixtus IV raised Cibo to the rank of cardinal.[2]

Pope[change | change source]

Cardinal Cibo was elected pope on August 29, 1484;[2] and he chose to be called Innocent VIII.

Pope Innocent was involved in Italian and European political disputes.[2]

Papal actions[change | change source]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

Coat of arms of Innocent VIII
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-29.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Pope Innocent VII", Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-29.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Chisholm, Hugh (1910). The Encyclopedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information. Encyclopedia Britannica Company. pp. 581–582.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Innocentius VIII at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Sixtus IV
Succeeded by
Alexander VI