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Innocent XI, Pope
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(papacy Sep 21, 1676 – Aug 12, 1689) (Benedetto Odescalchi, b. May 19, 1611, in Como). Odescalchi, made cardinal in 1645, served as legate in Ferrara from 1646 to 1650 and as bishop of Novara from 1650 to 1656. He was renowned for his exemplary lifestyle and concern for the poor. After a two-month conclave, he was unanimously elected pope in 1676, after the resistance of France, who had opposed him in 1670, was overcome. Within the church, he sought a middle way in the controversy…

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Decot, Rolf, “Innocent XI, Pope”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_10447>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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