Pope Pius VI

pope of the Catholic Church from 1775 to 1799

Pope Pius VI (Latin: Pius Sextus; 25 December, 1717 – 29 August 1799), born Giovanni Angelo Braschi, was an Italian priest of the Roman Catholic Church and the 251st Pope from 1775 to 1799.[1]

Pius VI
Papacy began215 February, 1775
Papacy ended29 August 1799
PredecessorPope Clement XIV
SuccessorPope Pius VII
Personal details
Birth nameGiovanni Angelo Braschi
Born25 December, 1717
Died29 August 1799
Other popes named Pius

Pope Clement XIII named him treasurer of the Roman Church in 1766.[2]



In 1775, Pope Clement XIV made Braschi a cardinal.[3]

Cardinal Braschi was elected pope in 1775;[4] and he chose to be called Pius VI.

Pope Pius was involved in Italian and European political disputes.[4]



The Coat of Arms of Pius VI
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-02.
  2. Chisholm, Hugh (1911). Encyclopedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information. University Press. pp. 685–686.
  3. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. C. Knight. 1840. pp. 199–201.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Pope Pius VI," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-10-27.

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Preceded by
Clement XIV
Succeeded by
Pius VII