Pius VII

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Pius VII

Original Name Luigi Barnaba Chiaramonti
Cesena, Provincia di Forli, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Death 20 Aug 1823 (aged 83)
Burial Vatican City
Memorial ID 8807094 · View Source
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Roman Catholic Pope. Born Luigi Barnaba Chiaramonti, the youngest of six children of Count Scipione and Marchioness Giovanna Coronata Ghini, he was elected Pope on March 14, 1800 following a 14 weeks conclave. In 1804, French Emperor Napoleon Boneparte forced Pius VII to go to Paris to consecrate him as Emperor, only to demean him at the last minute by taking the crown from the Pope's hands and crowning himself. Napoleon found Pius VII intractable when not directly under his influence, and the French eventually took Rome (1808) and the Papal States (1809). Pius VII excommunicated the assailants of the 'Holy See', and Napoleon had him taken prisoner and removed to Fontainebleau. The pope was browbeaten into signing a new concordat, which he disavowed after the Battle of Leipzig. In 1814, after Napoleon's downfall, Pius VII returned to Rome in triumph. One of his first acts was to restore the 'Society of Jesus'. The rest of Pius's pontificate was devoted to reestablishing the church in Europe. On July 7, 1823 Pius VII broke his leg and died on August 20, 1823 from the unhealed wound.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 8807094
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pius VII (17 Aug 1740–20 Aug 1823), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8807094, citing Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City ; Maintained by Find A Grave .