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Pius III
Papacy began 22 September 1503
Papacy ended 18 October 1503
Predecessor Pope Alexander VI
Successor Pope Julius II
Personal details
Birth name Francesco Todeschini Piccolomini
Born May 29, 1439(1439-05-29)
Died October 18, 1503(1503-10-18) (aged 64)

Other Popes named Pius

Pope Pius III (Latin: Pius Tertius; 29 May 1439 – 18 October 1503), born Franchesco Todeschini and also known as Francesco Todeschini Piccolomini, was an Italian priest of the Roman Catholic Church and the 216th Pope from 22 September to 18 October 1503.[1]

Early life

Francesco Todeschini was born in Siena.[2] He was the nephew of Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini, who would become Pope Pius II. He was allowed by uncle to take his mother's maiden name of Piccolomini.[3] His studies in law at the University of Perugia led to a doctorate degree.[2]


In 1460, Pius II appointed Todeschini to be Bishop of Siena.[2]


Todeschini was named Cardinal of St. Eustachio in 1460.[2] He was sent on diplomatic missions by Pope Paul II, Pope Sixtus IV and Pope Alexander VI.[4]


Cardinal Piccolomini was elected pope on September 22, 1503, His choice of name honors his uncle Pius II.[2]

This pope's reign lasted less than a month.[5]

Related pages


The Coat of Arms of Pius III [6]
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-02.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Pope Pius III," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-10-31.
  3. Library of Congress Authority File, Pius III, Pope, ca. 1440-1503; retrieved 2011-10-30.
  4. "Pius III," Encyclopedia Britannica (1911), Vols. 21-22, p. 684.
  5. Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. (1833). "Pius III," Penny cyclopaedia, Vol. 18, p. 198.
  6. Note that Pius II and his nephew Pius III share the same coat-of-arms

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Preceded by
Alexander VI
Succeeded by
Julius II