, Pope. Evaristus 'Aristus' Roman Catholic Pope. The 5th occupant of the Holy See, elected in 98 AD. Little is known of his life. It is said that he came from a family of Hellenic origin, and his father was a Jew from Bethlehem. He was born in in Antiochia in Pisidien (now a part of Turkey). His papacy ended somewhere between the years 105 or 107 AD. He was predecessor of Pope Clement I and successor of Pope Alexander I. Pope Evaristus laid the basis for the College of Cardinals. According to the "Liber Pontificalis", he...[Read More] (Bio by: Ilonka) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City Plot: Near the tomb of St. Peter.
, Pope. Fabianus Roman Catholic Pope. Also called Fabian, he was chosen Pope in January 236 in succession to Pope Anterus. Fabianius, who was martyred during the persecution under the Roman Emperor Decius, died in 250 and was buried in the catacomb of Callixtus, where his sarcophagus has been found in the year 1915. (Bio by: Ilonka) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City Plot: Catacomb of Callixtus
, Pope. Formosus b. 816 d. April 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.
IV., Pope. Gregory Pope. Roman of noble family, he was the cardinal priest of St. Mark's when he was elected pope in 827. He was crowned a year later, after he received approval from Emperor Louis I the Pious. Gregory IV had to take military measures to protect the Papal States against the Saracens. He built a fort at Ostia near the mouth of the Tiber. Gregory IV died in 844. (Bio by: MC) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
V., Pope. Gregory Roman Catholic Pope. Born as Brun of Carnthia in 972. His grandmother was Luigard, daugther of Otto I., the Great and his first wife Edgith. He was only 24 years old when he became the first german pope on May 3, 996. He crowned Otto III. only a few weeks later. In 997 John XVI. Philagathos, godfather and teacher of Otto III was elected antipope against Ottos wishes. Ottos army went south and John fled. He was found horrible mutilated in a tower. His ears, nose, eyes and tongue were cut off. He...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
XIII., Pope. Gregory b. January 7, 1502 d. April 10, 1585 Religious Leader, Roman Catholic Pope. Served as Pope from 1572 to 1585. He is most known for replacing the outmoded Julian calender with the more accurate Gregorian calender. He also devoted his reign to Catholic reform. He was born Hugo Buoncompani in Bologna, Italy in 1502, and studied law at the famous university at his native city. At twenty-eight he graduated as a doctor with sufficent distinction to become a professor of law in his own university. As a youth Hugo's conduct was...[Read More] (Bio by: Curtis Jackson) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
XVI., Pope. Gregory b. September 8, 1765 d. June 9, 1846 Pope. Born Bartolomeo Alberto Capellari, he was pious, kind, loyal, and a fierce conservative, both in politics and theology, and he devoted his papacy to supporting legitimate governments and the repression of rebellion. He had a real interest in art and scholarship and not only encouraged research in the Roman Forum and the Catacombs but also founded the Etruscan and Egyptian museums in the Vatican, and the Christian museum in the Lateran. (Bio by: MC) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
I., Pope. Hadrian Pope. Hadrian was a great builder, who did much for Rome. Above all, he was a true father to his people. Not content with giving help to the needy and distressed, he visited them personally. Hadrian I died on Christmas Day 795. He had been a great leader for the Church. (Bio by: MC) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
II., Pope. Hadrian Pope. 106th successor of Peter, born in Rome in 792 A.D. He would be remembered for having crowned Alred the Great as King of England, the first English sovereign to be so honored and blessed by Rome. Hadrian tried and failed to keep peace among the Carolingian kings. An old man when elected, Hadrian II died in November or December 872. (Bio by: MC) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
IV., Pope. Honorius b. 1210 d. April 3, 1287 Catholic Pope. Born Giacomo Savelli, he belonged to the rich and influential family of the Savelli and was a grandnephew of Honorius III. He was a staunch supporter of religious orders, in particular the Dominicans and and the Franciscans. He also worked, unsuccessfully, to achieve some measure of reunification between the Western and Eastern churches. (Bio by: MC) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
I., Pope. Honorius d. October 12, 638 Catholic Pope. Reigned from October 27, 625 to October 12, 638. He supported missionaries, and sent Saint Birinus to evangelize Britain. He is best known for his involvement in the controversy between orthodoxy and the Monophysites. He promoted a view which argued that Christ did not possess both a divine and a human will at the same time; instead, he had only one will which was expressed through both his human and divine natures. He was condemned as a heretic by the sixth general council (680). (Bio by: MC) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City Plot: Sacred Grottoes
, Saint. Hormisdas Pope Saint Hormisdas served as Pope of the Catholic Church from July 20, 514, until his demise in the year 523 AD. He was born in Frosinone, Campagna di Roma, Italy. A widower and a Roman Deacon at the time of his accession to the Papal Throne, his son became also a Pope under the name of Silverius, and was later canonized and named Patron Saint of the island of Ponza. One of the new Pope's first cares was to remove the last vestiges of the Laurentian Schism in Rome, receiving back into the...[Read More] Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City Plot: Grotte Vaticane
VII., Pope. Innocent b. 1336 d. November 6, 1406 Cosimo de' Migliorati was born into a poor family in Sulmona, Italy in 1336. After studying law, he became a papal collector in England for ten years. In 1386, Migliorati was elevated to Bishop of Bologna. The following year, he became Archbishop of Ravenna and was then appointed Cardinal-Priest of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme in 1389. He was universally esteemed for his piety and learning, and was an able manager of financial affairs. After the death of Pope Boniface IX, Migliorati was...[Read More] (Bio by: Frank McGady) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
IX., Pope. Innocent b. July 22, 1519 d. December 30, 1591 Religious Figure. Born Giovanni Antonio Facchinetti in Bologna, Italy in 1519. He became Bishop of Nicastro, Calabria in 1560. He Attended the Council of Trent in 1562. After moving to Rome and serving in a number of capacities, he became the Papal administrator during the reign of Pope Gregory XIV. Facchinetti became Pope on October 29, 1591 when he was in poor health and served for only two months. He died of natural causes following a severe cold caught while visiting churches in Rome. (Bio by: Frank McGady) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City