Blessed Pope Innocent XI
(1611-1689)

beatified person and Pope (from 1676)

Died aged 78

Pope Innocent XI (Latin: Innocentius XI; 16 May 1611 – 12 August 1689), born Benedetto Odescalchi, was Pope from 21 September 1676 to his death in 1689. He is known in Budapest as the "Saviour of Hungary". Much of his reign was concerned with tension with Louis XIV of France. A conservative, he lowered taxes in the Papal States during his pontificate and he also produced a surplus in the papal budget. Because of this surplus he repudiated excessive nepotism within the church. Innocent XI was frugal in matters of governing the Papal States, from dress to leading a life with Christian values. Once he was elected to the papacy, he applied himself to moral and administrative reform of the Roman Curia. He abolished sinecures and pushed for greater simplicity in preaching as well as greater reverence in worship—requesting this of both the clergy and faithful. After a difficult cause for canonization, starting in 1791, which caused considerable controversy over the years and stopping on several occasions, he was beatified with no opposition in 1956 by Pope Pius XII.

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Commemorated on 1 plaque

Papa Innocenzo XI Benedetto Odescalchi Como 1611 Roma 1689 Dono, alla Citta della Famiglia Comasca MCMXCIII

English translation: Pope Innocent XI Benedetto Odescalchi Como 1611 Rome 1689 Gift to the City of Family Como 1993

Via Odescalchi, Como, Italy where they was born near (1611)