Pope Leo XII

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Papacy began28 September 1823
Papacy ended10 February 1829
PredecessorPope Pius VII
SuccessorPope Pius VIII
Personal details
Birth nameAnnibale Francesco Clemente Melchiore Girolamo Nicola Sermattei della Genga
Born(1760-08-22)22 August 1760
Genga (near Spoleto)
Died(1829-02-10)10 February 1829
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.[1]

Life[change | change source]

Della Genga was born in a family of Papal States nobility.[2]

Priest[change | change source]

Della Genga was ordained as a priest in 1783.[2]

Pope Pius VII made him his private secretary.[2]

Bishop[change | change source]

In 1793, he was made Archbishop of Tyre; and he was sent as papal nuncio to Lucerne.[2]

He was the papal nuncio in Cologne between 1794 and 1805.[2]

After 1805, he retired to the abbey of Monticelli near Florence.[2]

Cardinal[change | change source]

Tn 1816, Pius VII created him cardinal.[2]

In 1820, Cardinal della Genga became Vicar-General of Rome.[2]

Pope[change | change source]

Cardinal della Genga was elected pope 1n September 1823.[3]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

The Coat of Arms of Leo XII
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-8.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 "Pope Leo XII", Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-8.
  3. Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. (1839). "Leo XII", Penny cyclopaedia, Vol. 13, p. 428.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Leo XII at Wikimedia Commons

  •  "Pope Leo XII" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.

Preceded by
Pius VII
Succeeded by