Pius VI

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Pius VI

Original Name Giovanni Angelico Braschi
Cesena, Provincia di Forli, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Death 29 Aug 1799 (aged 81)
Valence, Departement de la Drôme, Rhône-Alpes, France
Burial Vatican City
Memorial ID 8820022 · View Source
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Roman Catholic Pope. Born Giovanni Angelico Braschi, he was of a noble but impoverished family, and was educated at the Jesuit College of Cesena and studied law at Ferrara. Early in his reign he was faced with the attempts of Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II to "reform" the church by suppressing monasteries, assuming rights of appointment of clergy, and by other changes. In 1797 a treaty at Tolentino ceded Avignon, Venaissin, Ferrara, Bologna, and the Romagna to the French, along with a huge indemnity and many papal treasures. The pope was taken to Siena, thence to Florence; soon, though he was ill and feeble, the French took him to Turin and to Grenoble. Aged 82 and poorly treated by his captors, he died in exile. His last words: "Lord forgive them." Pius VI was initially buried in Valences, France but on February 17, 1802 his remains were transferred to Saint Peter's Basilica where a statue by Canova of Pope Pius VI in a kneeling position was placed in 1822.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 8820022
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pius VI (25 Dec 1717–29 Aug 1799), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8820022, citing Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City ; Maintained by Find A Grave .