Death of Pope Innocent XII a Reformer

Death of Pope Innocent XII a Reformer

Pope Innocent XII
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Pope Innocent XII dies in Rome. Born Antonio Pignatelli in the kingdom of Naples, he was elected at the end of a five-month-long conclave that was beset with fierce divisions between the cardinals. Antonio Pignatelli was a compromise that was least objectionable to everyone involved.

Pope Innocent XII has been a reformer who cracked down on problems that had been plaguing the papal court for a long time, especially the practice of papal nepotism. He banned popes for all time from ever giving any relatives any estates, titles, or revenues. Pope Innocent XI also created many charitable institutions, reformed the papal budget, and even eased tensions with the French monarchy.

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