Papacy - A Historical Perspective
St. John I : 523-526 A.D.
53. Born in Populonia. Elected August 13, 523 - died a martyr May 8,
He was the first Pope that went to
Constantinople and the first
solemnly crowned an emperor.
He was imprisoned by the barbaric King Theodoric
and placed in a jail in Ravenna, where he died.
He is buried in the Vatican
Grottoes. His pontificate lasted 2 years and 9 months.
St. Felix IV : 526-530 A.D.
54. Born in Benevento. Elected July 12, 526 - died September 22, 530.
Arbitrarily nominated Pope by King
Theodoric for his own
he showed such a loyalty towards the interests of the church that the
rejected him and had him outlawed.
The Christians had the liberty to practice
their religion restored after the king’s death.
Felix converted two pagan
buildings, located in the Roman forum, into the church of Santi Cosma e
Damiano. The two buildings were a gift from Amalasuntha, Queen of the
He is buried in the Vatican Grottoes. He was a pontiff for 4 years
Boniface II : 530-532 A.D.
55. Born in Rome. Elected November 22, 530 - died October 17, 532.
Because of gothic origins he was
considered “barbarous and
as a result the opposing anti-pope Dioscorus was elected.
The ensuing struggle
between the two Popes ended at the death of Dioscorus.
Boniface had the
monastery of Montecassino built on the temple of Apollo.
He was a pontiff
for about 2 years.
John II : 533-535 A.D.
56. Born in Rome. elected January 2, 533 - died May 8, 535.
He was the first Pope that changed
his given name, since his
was that of a pagan god, Mercurius.
That tradition was followed by
all his successors with the exception of Hadrian VI.
King Athalaric approved
the decree, promulgated by the Roman senate, against simony and with an
edict he confirmed the Pope as the chief of all bishops.
He is buried in
the Vatican Grottoes. His Pontificate lasted 2 years and 4 months.
Comment: Now it is a King and the Roman Senate
who confirms that the Pope is the chief of all Bishops [which is, of
course, true]. Earlier we had Popes Crowning Emperors and calling them
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