Death of Pope Pius VII

Death of Pope Pius VII

Pope Pius VII
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Pope Pius VII dies in Rome. The first new pope of the 19th century, most of his reign was taken up by conflicts with France. Pope Pius VII tried to develop a working relationship with Napoleon Bonaparte, but like his predecessor he will be taken prisoner in 1809 and exiled to Savona.

After his release, Pius VII reinstated both the Inquisition and the Index of Prohibited Books, brought back the Jesuits, and condemned the Protestant Bible Societies.

These decisions made Pope Pius VI the first modern pope to specifically condemn and fight against modern developments in politics, religion and philosophy.

Pope Pius VII was a compromise candidate — he wasn't the first choice of the cardinals trying to elect a new pope, but they were locked in a stalemate because they were divided by nationalistic factions. Voting to make Barnaba Niccolò Maria Luigi Chiaramonti the next pope broke that stalemate, allowing everyone to move on.

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