Pius VI: Captured by Napoleon and died in Captivity, “Pius the Last”.
In this episode of Habemus Papam, Fr. Conrad discusses Pius VI, who succeeded Clement XIV: The Pope who finally gave in and suppressed the Jesuits. You can listen to the podcast about him here.
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Born Count Giovanni Angelo Braschi on December 25, 1717 in Cesena as the oldest of eight children to Count Marco Aurelio Tommaso Braschi and Anna Teresa Bandi.
Braschi became private secretary to papal legate Cardinal Tommaso Ruffo, Bishop of Ostia and Velletri.
Pope Clement XIV died in 1774 and a conclave ensued to elect the next pope. The conclave elected Cardinal Braschi on February 15, 1775 and he took the name Pius VI.
As the Catholic Church developed in the United States of America, Pius VI formed the first episcopal see, the Diocese of Baltimore in November 1789.
During his pontificate, the French Revolution took place. Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Italy and occupied Ancona and Loreto. They eventually took Pius as prisoner and sent into exile. Eventually, they placed the Pope under house arrest in Valence. He died there on August 29, 1799. Pope Pius VII succeeded him.