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Pope Innocent XI, born Benedetto Odescalchi, was Pope from 1676 to 1689. Odescalchi was a strong papal candidate after the death of Pope Clement IX (166769) in 1669, but the French government rejected him. After Pope Clement X (167076) died, Louis XIV of France (16431715) again intended to use his royal influence against Odescalchi's election. Instead, believing the cardinals as well as the Roman people were of one mind in their desire to have Odescalchi as their Pope, Louis reluctantly instructed the French party cardinals to acquiesce in his candidacy. On September 21 1676, he was chosen Clement X's successor and took the name of Innocent XI.

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Pope Innocent XI, born Benedetto Odescalchi, was Pope from 1676 to 1689. Odescalchi was a strong papal candidate after the death of Pope Clement IX (166769) in 1669, but the French government rejected him. After Pope Clement X (167076) died, Louis XIV of France (16431715) again intended to use his royal influence against Odescalchi's election. Instead, believing the cardinals as well as the Roman people were of one mind in their desire to have Odescalchi as their Pope, Louis reluctantly instructed the French party cardinals to acquiesce in his candidacy. On September 21 1676, he was chosen Clement X's successor and took the name of Innocent XI. More...

 
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