Leo XII: An old traditionalist Pope who tries to reset Europe after the uphevals of the French Revolution
In this episode of Habemus Papam, Fr. Conrad discusses Leo XII, who succeeded Pius VII: A strange conclave in Venice leads to another Pius and another conflict with Napoleon. You can listen to the podcast about him here.
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Born Annibale Francesco Clemente Melchiorre Girolamo Nocola della Genga on August 2, 1760 at Castello della Genga in Fabriano as the sixth of ten children to Count Ilario della Genga and Maria Luisa Perbierti di Fabriano.
He received his education at the Collegio Campana in Osimo from 1773 to 1778 and later at the Collegio Piceno in Rome until 1783. He received the Sacrament of Holy Orders on June 14, 1783.
Later, he became Carindal Priest of Santa Maria in Trastevere in 1816. Though, he resigned due to health issues in 1818.
Pope Pius VII died in 1823. Della Genga became the new pope on September 28, 1823 and he took the name Leo XII. Leo XII had poor health at the time of his election, but he rallied during the pontificate.
He held a conservative attitude during his pontificate in foreign relations.
On February 9, 1829 he died. Pope Pius VIII succeeded him.