New Catholic Dictionary – Pope Innocent IV

Pope Innocent IVArticle

Pope from 1243 to 1254. Born in Genoa, Italy as Sinibaldo de’ Fieschi; died in 1254 in Naples, Italy. He was a canonist, cardinal-priest, vice-chancellor of Rome, and Bishop of Albenga. He was elected after an interregnum of more than a year and a half, while the excommunicated emperor Frederick II was in possession of the Papal States. In 1244 he entered into an agreement with Frederick who promised to restore the lands and free the prelates. The latter however proved insincere, secretly inciting rebellion, and the pope fled to Lyons where he remained for six years and where he convoked the Thirteenth General Council. The Council deposed Frederick, and the pope made an attempt to secure the election of a candidate of his own. After the death of Frederick he continued the struggle against Conrad IV and Manfred. He returned to Rome and then made a solemn entry into Naples, but Manfred revolted and defeated his troops at Foggia in 1254. Innocent is the author of a commentary on the decretals of Pope Gregory IX.

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