|Death: ||Apr. 4, 896|
Pope. Formosus was born around 816, probably in Rome. He became Cardinal-Bishop of Oporto in 864. He undertook diplomatic missions to Bulgaria and France. Formosus was excommunicated by Pope John VIII for leading the party that opposed John's coronation of Charles the Bald. Later, he was restored and was subsequently elected pope.
Additional info by J. Green:
In January of 897, in what was called the Cadaver Synod the corpse of Formosus was dragged from his tomb on the orders of Pope Stephen VII. The body was placed on trial on charges of perjury, coveting the Papal office, and violating church laws. A number of local clergy were compelled to watch under the threat of violence as Stephen screamed at Formosus. The synod found Formosus guilty. His vestments were stripped from his body, three fingers of his right hand were chopped off, and he was buried in a pauper's grave. A few days later his body was exhumed and tossed in the Tiber. Stephen was deposed and eventually strangled in prison. Formosus was recovered, and reburied in his original tomb at St. Peter's Basilica. Later Popes reversed the verdict of the Cadaver Synod, declared his ordinations valid, and forbade any further such trials. (bio by: MC)
Saint Peter's Basilica
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Record added: May 24, 2004
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