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Pius VI,

1717–99, pope (1775–99), an Italian named G. Angelo Braschi, b. Cesena; successor of Clement XIV. He was created cardinal in 1774. Early in his reign he was faced with the attempts of Holy Roman Emperor Joseph IIJoseph II,
1741–90, Holy Roman emperor (1765–90), king of Bohemia and Hungary (1780–90), son of Maria Theresa and Holy Roman Emperor Francis I, whom he succeeded. He was the first emperor of the house of Hapsburg-Lorraine (see Hapsburg).
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 to "reform" the church by suppressing monasteries, assuming rights of appointment of clergy, and by other changes. Joseph's actions were imitated in Spain and Italy, and in 1786 a synod at Pistoia, Italy, adopted antipapal resolutions. Joseph's attempts to make the state supreme in matters of conscience were not less extreme than the efforts in the French RevolutionFrench Revolution,
political upheaval of world importance in France that began in 1789. Origins of the Revolution

Historians disagree in evaluating the factors that brought about the Revolution.
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 to set up a state church by the Civil Constitution of the Clergy (1790). Pius eventually (Apr., 1791) condemned this new Gallican church and forbade the clergy to take the oaths. The French annexed the papal property at Avignon and Venaissin. The pope protested Louis XVI's execution and sided with the anti-French coalition, and Napoleon attacked the Papal States. In 1797 a treaty at Tolentino ceded Avignon, Venaissin, Ferrara, Bologna, and the Romagna to the French, along with a huge indemnity and many treasures. The pope was taken to Siena, thence to Florence; soon, though he was ill and feeble, the French took him to Turin and to Grenoble; he died at Valence. He was succeeded by Pius VII. In 1802 his body was taken to Rome.
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42) Pius VI, Brief Quod Aliquantum, March 10, 1791, in Recueil des Allocutions 45, 53-55, (Adrien Leclere ed.
Giovanni Angelo Braschi (1717-1799), elected Pope Pius VI in 1775, navigated treacherous geopolitical seas both before and after his election, along the way marking his papacy with innumerable artistic and architectural accomplishments.
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With the memory of Pius VI and Pius VII imprisoned by Napoleon, the spiritual independence of the papacy was thought to be bound up with its temporal independence.
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Peter (estimated at 34-37 years), Blessed Pius IX (1846-1878), Leo XIII (1878-1903), and Pius VI (1775-1799) .
If John Paul II should remain in office through the third week in April, he will have exceeded the papal tenure of Pius VI (1775-1799), who was pope for 24 years, six months, and just over a week.
In the summer of 1784 Pope Pius VI named ex-Jesuit John Carroll Superior of the Mission in the thirteen United States of America.
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Pius VI (1791) and all his successors until Leo XIII condemned the French Revolution, freedom of opinion, the Enlightenment and all forms of democracy, whether in church or state.
Pius VI (1775-1799): The first pope to govern more than two dozen years, he was elected by a 134-day conclave.
But it took 14 weeks to break a stalemate among the electors, and the worldly and extravagant Pius VI was succeeded by a self-effacing Benedictine, who restored the prestige of the papacy in a reign of more than 23 years.