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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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Pope Boniface IV, Admirer of Discipline

Boniface was born around 550 AD. He was the son of a man named Johannes, a physician, from the area of Maria and town of Valeria. It is assumed that he was a student of Pope Gregory I. Around 591, Boniface was ordained a Cardinal-deacon. Under that office, he served Gregory as treasurer or dispenator. In other words, he was the first official in...

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POPE BONIFACE III

The story of Pope Boniface III is as much the history of the Byzantine Empire, at the time, as it is the story of a man who became pope. Boniface was the son of a Greek man, John Catadioce, but was born in the environs of Rome somewhere between 540 and 550 AD. He was ordained a deacon at some point and became known to Pope Gregory the Great. ...

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Pope Sabinian, The Despised Pope

Sabinian was born in Biera, near Viterbo, in the central part of Italy, about 530 AD. His father’s name was Bonus, but other than that nothing is known of his youth. The first decade of his life was the beginning of a complex weather pattern which dictated Sabinian, the Church and, indeed, most of the northern hemisphere for several centuries. I...

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POPE ST. GREGORY I, THE FIRST MEDIEVAL POPE

Another man born in disastrous times who went on to be a pope is our subject today. Roman senator named Gordanius and a wealthy woman named Silvia were Gregory’s parents. Silvia’s great grandfather was Pope Felix III; her three aunts entered the convent; thus, the family home was very politically and religiously involved. The family lived on Ca...

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POPE PELAGIUS II, THE SECOND OSTROGOTH POPE

Photo Credit: By Copyrighted by:Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls - Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Wall Born in Rome around 520, Pelagius was the son of Winigild, most likely an Ostrogoth. He succeeded Pope Benedict I months after the latter’s death. At that time, the Lombards from north of the Alps had gone as far as to blockade R...

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