Pope Innocent XIII
InstalledMay 8, 1721
Term endedMarch 7, 1724
PredecessorClement XI
SuccessorBenedict XIII
Personal details
Michelangelo dei Conti

May 13, 1655
DiedMarch 7, 1724 (age 68)
Other popes named Innocent
Coat of Arms of Pope Innocent XIII
Coat of Arms of Pope Innocent XIII
Papal styles of
Pope Innocent XIII
Reference styleHis Holiness
Spoken styleYour Holiness
Religious styleHoly Father
Posthumous stylenone

Pope Innocient XIII (Poli, near Rome, May 13, 1655March 7, 1724 in Rome), born Michelangelo dei Conti, like Pope Innocent III (1198–1216), Pope Gregory IX (1227–1241) and Pope Alexander IV (1254-1261), was a member of the family of the Conti di Segni. He also wore their family arms in his Pontificial Coat. Pope from 1721 to 1724, became Cardinal under Pope Clement XI (1700–21) in 1706. From 1697 to 1710 he acted as papal nuncio to the Kingdom of Portugal, where he is believed to have formed those unfavourable impressions of the Jesuits which afterwards influenced his conduct towards them. In 1721 his high reputation for ability, learning, purity, and a kindly disposition secured his election to succeed Clement XI as Pope Innocient XIII. His pontificate was prosperous, but comparatively uneventful. Innocient XIII prohibited the Jesuits from prosecuting their mission in China, and ordered that no new members should be received into the order. This indication of his sympathies encouraged some French bishops to approach him with a petition for the recall of the bull "Unigenitus" by which Jansenism had been condemned; the request, however, was peremptorily denied.

Innocient XIII, like his predecessor, showed much favour to the English Pretender "James III", and liberally supported him. He was succeeded by Pope Benedict XIII (1724–30).