Pope - Papal timeline

  • Count Giovanni Braschi (Pius VI) elected Pope

    Pope Pius VI (27 December, 1717 – 29 August, 1799), born Count Giovanni Angelo Braschi, Pope from 1775 to 1799, was born at Cesena. The earlier... Read more

  • Pope Pius VI dies

    In 1796 French Republican troops under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Italy, defeated the papal troops and occupied Ancona and Loreto.... Read more

  • Count Barnaba Chiaramonti (Pius VII) elected Pope

    Pope Pius VII, OSB (14 August 1742 – 20 August 1823), born Count Barnaba Niccolò Maria Luigi Chiaramonti, was Pope from 14 March, 1800 to 20... Read more

  • Pope Pius VII dies

    Discontent centered perhaps in the Carbonari, a Liberal secret society condemned by the pope in 1821. The chief triumphs of Consalvi were the... Read more

  • Annibale Genga (Leo XII) elected Pope

    Pope Leo XII (22 August 1760 – 10 February 1829), born Annibale Francesco Clemente Melchiore Girolamo Nicola della Genga, was Pope from 1823 to... Read more

  • Pope Leo XII dies

    The Collegio Romano was restored to the efficient hands of the Jesuits in 1824; the Free-masons and other secret societies were condemned in 1825;... Read more

  • Francesco Castiglioni (Pius VIII) elected Pope

    Pope Pius VIII (20 November 1761 – 30 November 1830), born Francesco Saverio Castiglioni, was Pope in 1829 and 1830. After the death of Pope Leo... Read more

  • Pope Pius VIII dies

    Pius VIII was in very poor health from his election until his death. Nevertheless there were rumours that he had been poisoned. Prince Don Agostino... Read more

  • Bartolomeo Cappellari (Gregory XVI) elected Pope

    Pope Gregory XVI (18 September 1765 – 1 June 1846), born Bartolomeo Alberto Cappellari, named Mauro as a member of the religious order of the... Read more

  • Pope Gregory XVI dies

    The embarrassed financial condition in which Gregory left the Papal States makes it doubtful how far his lavish expenditure in architectural and... Read more

  • Giovanni Mastai-Ferretti (Pius IX) elected Pope

    Pope Blessed Pius IX (13 May 1792 – 7 February 1878), born Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, was the longest reigning Pope in Church history, serving... Read more

  • Pope Pius IX dies

    Pius IX lived long enough to witness the death of his old adversary, Victor Emmanuel II of Italy in January 1878. As soon as he learned about the... Read more

  • Count Vincenzo Pecci (Leo XIII) elected Pope

    Pope Leo XIII (2 March 1810 - 20 July 1903), born Count Vincenzo Gioacchino Raffaele Luigi Pecci, was the 257th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church,... Read more

  • Pope Leo XIII dies

    Leo XIII was the first Pope to be born in the 19th century. He was also the first to die in the 20th century: he lived to the age of 93, the... Read more

  • Giuseppe Sarto (Pius X) elected Pope

    Pope Saint Pius X (Latin: Pius PP. X) (2 June 1835 – 20 August 1914), born Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto, was the 258th Pope of the Catholic Church,... Read more

  • Pope Pius X dies

    In 1913 Pius X suffered a heart attack, and subsequently lived in the shadow of poor health. In 1914, the Pope fell ill on the Feast of the... Read more

  • Giacomo Chiesa (Benedict XV) elected Pope

    Pope Benedict XV (Latin: Benedictus PP. XV, Italian: Benedetto XV; 21 November 1854 – 22 January 1922), born Giacomo Paolo Giovanni Battista della... Read more

  • Pope Benedict XV dies

    Benedict XV fell ill with pneumonia in early January 1922. He succumbed to pneumonia on 22 January 1922. Possibly the least remembered pope of the... Read more

  • Ambrogio Ratti (Pius XI) elected Pope

    Pope Pius XI (Latin: Pius PP. XI; Italian: Pio XI; 31 May 1857 – 10 February 1939), born Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti, was Pope from 6 February... Read more

  • Pope Pius XI dies

    Pope Pius had been ailing for a while, when, on 25 November 1938, he suffered two heart attacks within several hours. He had serious breathing... Read more

  • Eugenio Pacelli (Pius XII) elected Pope

    The Venerable Pope Pius XII (Latin: Pius PP. XII; Italian: Pio XII), born Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli (2 March 1876 – 9 October 1958),... Read more

  • Pope Pius XII dies

    The last years of the pontificate of Pius XII began in late 1954 with a long illness, during which he considered abdication. Afterwards, changes in... Read more

  • Angelo Roncalli (John XXIII) elected Pope

    Blessed Pope John XXIII (Latin: Ioannes PP. XXIII; Italian: Giovanni XXIII), born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (25 November, 1881 – 3 June, 1963),... Read more

  • Pope John XXIII dies

    On 23 September, 1962, Pope John XXIII was first diagnosed with gastric carcinoma. The diagnosis, which was kept from the public, followed nearly... Read more

  • Paul VI elected Pope

    Pope Paul VI (Latin: Paulus PP. VI; Italian: Paolo VI), born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini (26 September 1897 – 6 August 1978),... Read more