Pope Innocent VIII

Pope of the Catholic Church, 1484–1492

Pope Innocent VIII (Latin: Innocentius Octavus; 1432 – July 25, 1492), born Giovanni Battista Cibo, was an Italian cleric of the Roman Catholic Church and the 214th Pope from 1484 until his death.[1]

Innocent VIII
Papacy beganAugust 29, 1484
Papacy endedJuly 25, 1492
PredecessorPope Sixtus IV
SuccessorPope Alexander VI
Personal details
Birth nameGiovanni Battista Cibo
Died(1492-07-25)July 25, 1492
Other popes named Innocent

Early years Edit

Giovanni Battista Cibo was born at Genoa[2]

In Rome he became a priest in service of Cardinal Calandrini who was half-brother to Pope Nicholas V.[3]

Bishop Edit

Pope Paul II made Cibo the Bishop of Savona in 1467. He was made Bishop of Molfetta in 1472.[2]

Cardinal Edit

In 1473, Pope Sixtus IV raised Cibo to the rank of cardinal.[2]

Pope Edit

Cardinal Cibo was elected pope on August 29, 1484;[2] and he chose to be called Innocent VIII.

Pope Innocent was involved in Italian and European political disputes.[2]

Papal actions Edit

Related pages Edit

References Edit

Coat of arms of Innocent VIII
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-29.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Pope Innocent VII", Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-29.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Chisholm, Hugh (1910). The Encyclopedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information. Encyclopedia Britannica Company. pp. 581–582.

Other websites Edit

  Media related to Innocentius VIII at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Sixtus IV
Succeeded by
Alexander VI