Pope Leo XII
Pope Leo XII (Latin: Leo Duodecimus; 22 August 1760 – 10 February 1829), born Annibale Francesco Clemente Melchiore Girolamo Nicola Sermattei della Genga, was an Italian priest of the Roman Catholic Church and the 253rd Pope from 1823 to 1829.
|Papacy began||28 September 1823|
|Papacy ended||10 February 1829|
|Predecessor||Pope Pius VII|
|Successor||Pope Pius VIII|
|Birth name||Annibale Francesco Clemente Melchiore Girolamo Nicola Sermattei della Genga|
|Born||22 August 1760|
Genga (near Spoleto)
|Died||10 February 1829|
Rome, Papal States
|Other popes named Leo|
Della Genga was born in a family of Papal States nobility.
Della Genga was ordained as a priest in 1783.
Pope Pius VII made him his private secretary.
In 1793, he was made Archbishop of Tyre; and he was sent as papal nuncio to Lucerne.
He was the papal nuncio in Cologne between 1794 and 1805.
After 1805, he retired to the abbey of Monticelli near Florence.
Tn 1816, Pius VII created him cardinal.
In 1820, Cardinal della Genga became Vicar-General of Rome.
Cardinal della Genga was elected pope 1n September 1823.
Media related to Leo XII at Wikimedia Commons
- . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
- "Leo XII", Encyclopædia Britannica, 1911
- Catholic Hierarchy, Pope Leo XII
- Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, Cardinal della Genga Archived 2014-12-09 at the Wayback Machine