Papacy - A Historical Perspective
John VI : 701-705 A.D.
85. Born in Ephesus. Elected October 30, 701 died January 11, 705.
During particularly difficult moments
for Christianity. Christianity was rejected in the East and in Spain by
Turks and started to spread all over Europe causing serious damage to
He defended the prerogatives of the Church against the
Eastern emperor and delivered many slaves.
He is buried in the Vatican Grottoes. His pontificated lasted
about 3 years.
John VII : 705-707 A.D.
86. Born in Rossano de Calabria. Elected March 1, 705 - died October
He did not give his consensus to the
of the Emperor Justinian II, who gave way to the slaughters that
had forced Latin and Italian peoples to abandon the Eastern Empire.
We owe to John VII the golden mosaic (705) of the Epiphany, a work
which was kept in the oratory of the old Basilica of St. Peter and can
be currently found in the sacristy of Santa Maria in Cosmedin.
He is buried in the Vatican Grottoes. His pontificate lasted 2
years and 8 months.
Sissinius : 708 A.D.
87. Born in Syria. Elected January 15, 708 - died February 4, 708.
Given the short period of his
pontificate, he did not leave
significant works. He ordered the restoration of the Roman walls
been damaged during the attacks and the continuing threats coming from
the Longobards and Saracens.
He is buried in the Vatican Grottoes. He died after only 20
days of pontificate.
Constantine : 708-715 A.D.
88. Born in Syria. Elected March 25, 708 - died April 9, 715.
He was forced to go the Byzantium where
he restored peace between
the Church and the Empire.
He encouraged the Christians from Spain to react against the
As a sign of obedience and worship, he introduced the
kissing of the holy foot of the bronze statue of the Apostle Peter.
He is buried in the Vatican Grottoes. His pontificate lasted about 7
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