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POPE VITALIAN, TRYING TO EASE TENSIONS

Vitalian, son of Anastasius, was born somewhere between 580 and 600 AD in Segni, Lazio, in central Italy. He appears to have been elevated to cardinal in 655. Pope Eugene I died on either June 2 or 3, 657. Vitalian was consecrated on July 30, indicating that the popes were no longer asking the emperor for permission. But, in deference to the...

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POPE EUGENE I, NO ONE'S PUPPET

Pope Martin was kidnapped by the exarch of Emperor Constans II on June 17, 653. He was swept out of Rome the next day and never stepped back on the Italian peninsula again. Then he was sent into exile and died in Cherson, Crimea, September 16, 655.There was no pope leading the Church from that date forward. A committee of the archpriest, th...

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POPE SAINT MARTIN I, MARTYR

Martin, son of Fabricius, was born sometime between 590 and 600, near Todi, Umbria. His biographer, Theodore, wrote of Martin that he was of noble birth, of commanding intelligence and of great charity to the poor. Obviously high in the Church hierarchy, Martin, a member of the Order of Saint Basil, was nominated as papal legate to Constantin...

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POPE THEODORE I, THE LAST PALESTINIAN POPE

It was the early 600s. The Muslims had conquered the Levant, or eastern Mediterranean lands, taking Jerusalem in 638, in a bloodless coup. It became difficult for the Christians to live there, especially the clergy. A priest, Theodorus, of Jerusalem, a man of Greek descent, was an assistant to Stephen of Dora, the Patriarchal Vicar, an orthodo...

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Pope Saint Agapetus I: What Ten Months Can Do

Pope Agapetus was born in Rome, what date, we do not have. His father was Giordanus, a Roman priest who was killed during the riots that followed the consecration of Pope Symmachus (498-514). Before discussing Agapetus, however, you may like to see some interesting coincidences which possibly show that back then, the papacy was "all in t...

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POPE JOHN IV, FINALLY SOLVING A PROBLEM

Pope John IV was a native of Zadar, Dalmatia. This city is on the opposite side of the Adriatic Sea from Venice, but further south, giving the city a mild climate. With a beautiful coastline and harbor, it was a blessing and a curse in history. War and vacillating allegiances have rocked this area throughout time. John was pope during one of the...

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POPE SEVERINUS, CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE

Pope Severinus spent more time waiting to be confirmed the newly elected pope by the Byzantine emperor than he did being pope. Severinus, a Roman, was possibly descended from members of the Roman Senate. The Roman Consul in 501 was named Avienus. The father of Severinus was named Avienus. Thus, this man, whom we discuss today, was likely of the...

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POPE HONORIUS I, HERETIC?

Poor Pope Honorius has been condemned, anathematized, pointed out as fallible and partly excused. He has remained on the list of valid popes, somehow. Who is this man and how did he get into this position? Honorius was born in Campania around 585. He apparently was brought up well to do, being the son of the consul, Petronius. Although this...

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POPE BONIFACE V, THE MILDEST OF MEN

Boniface Fouminios was born around 575 in Naples, at that time part of the Byzantine Empire. He appears to have been of Greek extraction, which was very common at that time in the southern part of the Italian peninsula. Little seems to be known about him before he was elected Pope. Pope Adeodatus died November 8, 618. Boniface would have been...

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Pope Adeodatus, the Papacy in Trouble Again

Unlike the stable environment of today, most popes of the first millennium only lasted a few years. Between politics, plague and poisoning, the life of a pope was not an easy one. Deodatus (or Deusdedit), whose name means God has given, was born in Rome, the son of a subdeacon named Stephen, right around 570 AD. As mentioned earlier in this ...

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