Pope Pius VIII (1761 – 1830), Born Francesco Saverio Castiglioni, Reigned As P ...
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Description: Pope Pius VIII (1761 – 1830), born Francesco Saverio Castiglioni, reigned as Pope from 31 March 1829 to his death in 1830. His pontificate was the shortest of all the popes of the 19th century. He refused to swear allegiance to Napoleon and was taken to a series of Italian cities before being sent to France. After Napoleon fell, he returned to his diocese in Ascoli Piceno in 1814.