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1689: Death of Blessed Pope Innocent XI – The Man who Financed the Defense of Europe from the Ottomans

1689: Death of Blessed Pope Innocent XI – The Man who Financed the Defense of Europe from the Ottomans
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  • Historical event:
  • 12 August 1689
  • It was precisely during his pontificate that the Ottomans tried to capture Vienna, the capital of the Habsburg Monarchy. At that time, the Blessed Pope Innocent XI financed the defense of the Christian lands from the Ottoman Turks.

This day in 1689 marked the death of Blessed Pope Innocent XI, one of the popes from the Baroque period.

His birth name was Benedetto Odescalchi, and he came from a distinguished noble family from northern Italy. He was born in the city of Como, north of Milano and in the immediate vicinity of the famous lake called Lago di Como.

Benedetto Odescalchi became a cardinal in 1645 and was elected pope in 1676, at the age of 65. He was a very frugal pope, and demanded the same from his cardinals. In this way he managed to cut costs and improve the state of the papal treasury. He was also an opponent of nepotism, which had previously been widespread at the papal court.

The Blessed Pope Innocent XI played an important role in defending Central Europe from the Ottoman Turks. Namely, it was precisely during his pontificate that the Ottomans tried to capture Vienna, the capital of the Habsburg Monarchy.

At that time, the Blessed Pope Innocent XI financed the defense of the Christian lands from the Ottoman Turks. He was proclaimed a Blessed of the Catholic Church in 1956, by Pope Pius XII. Most sources consider Innocent XI to have been a frugal, pious, and reformist pope.

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