Papacy - A Historical Perspective
St. Benedict II : 684-685 A.D.
81. Born in Rome. Elected June 26, 684 - died May 8, 685.
He reintroduced the immunity of asylum
factions did not respect because they continued to arrest or kill their
enemies, even in church. He managed to free the Church from the
influence of the
Emperor, dating back to Justinian, by eliminating the clause of
During his Pontificate, between Christmas and the Epiphany, an
extremely bright comet appeared in the sky.
He is buried in the Vatican Grottoes. His Pontificate lasted about
John V : 685-686 A.D.
82. Born in Antioch (Syria). Elected July 23, 685 - died August 2,
He was elected Pope in St. John
Lateran's Church and was
the first Pope to be consecrated without waiting for the abusive
confirmation of the Imperial Court of Constantinople.
He restored order in the Sardinian and Corsican dioceses by
claiming the exclusive right of the Holy See to consecrate the bishops
of the isles.
He is buried in the Vatican Grottoes. His pontificate lasted about
Conon : 686-687 A.D.
83. Born in Thrace. Elected October 21, 686 - died September 21,
His pontificate was very restless given
the serious anarchy
that affected the Church. Platina says that Conon was defined Angelic
because of his
venerable gray hair and his dignified posture.
He had to accept the reintroduction of the Imperial
confirmation for the election of a new pope, which was imposed by
the exarch from Ravenna.
He was often the victim of cunning followers of the Byzantine
Emperor. He supposedly died of poisoning.
He is buried in the Vatican Grottoes. His pontificate lasted 11
St. Sergius I : 687-701 A.D.
84. Born in Antioch. Elected December 15, 687 - died September 8,
He was appointed after two
He tried to repair the schism arisen in Rome and put an end to the
He introduced the triple prayer of the Agnus Dei into the liturgy,
which follows the break of the Host.
During his pontificate, the Republic of Venice was established.
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