Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Pope Romanus of Rome

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The 113th successor of St. Peter, the Prince of the Apostles, was Pope Romanus of Rome, born to Constantine{1} in Gallese near Cività Castellana.{2} The holy{3} pro-Formosan{4} Romanus, previously a cardinal priest of San Pietro in Vincoli,{5} reigned from August 897 to November 897,{6} when he reposed in the Lord.{7} He gave the pallium to Vitalis, the patriarch of Grado, and confirmed the bishops of Elne, Rousillon and Gerona, Spain in possession of their sees.{8}
Notes & References
{1} Mann, Horace. "Pope Romanus." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 13. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912. 9 Dec. 2009 <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13163b.htm>.
{2} Ibid.
{3} According to three verses of the excellent contemporary historian Frodoard. Ibid.
{4} "Romanus." The Oxford Dictionary of Popes. J. N. D. Kelly. with new material by Michael Walsh. Oxford University Press, 2006. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Fordham University. 30 December 2009 <http://www.oxfordreference.com/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t99.e128>.
{5} Ibid.
{6} Ibid.
{7} Jaffé I:304. The isolated report of his deposition probably confuses him with the Pope Stephen VI, who was murdered in prison. See p. 86 of Mann, Rev. Horace Kinder. The Lives of the Popes In The Early Middle Ages, vol. IV. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, & Co., Ltd., 1910. 13 Jan. 2009 <http://www.archive.org/details/livesofpopesinea04mannuoft>.
{8} Kelly, loc. cit.

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