Pope Benedict II

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Pope Saint
Benedict II
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Papacy began 26 June 684
Papacy ended 8 May 685
Predecessor Leo II
Successor John V
Personal details
Birth name Benedictus Sabellus
Born 635
Rome, Byzantine Empire
Died 8 May 685(685-05-08)
Rome, Byzantine Empire. Location of tomb has since been lost.
Other popes named Benedict
Papal styles of
Pope Benedict II
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Reference style His Holiness
Spoken style Your Holiness
Religious style Holy Father
Posthumous style Saint

Pope Benedict II (Latin: Benedictus II; 635 – 8 May 685) was Pope from 26 June 684 to his death in 685.[1]

He succeeded Leo II. Although chosen in 683, he was not ordained until 684 because the permission of Emperor Constantine IV was not obtained until some months after the election. According to the Liber Diurnus Romanorum Pontificum, he obtained from the Emperor a decree which either abolished imperial confirmations altogether or made them obtainable from the Exarch of Ravenna. This gave the power of confirmations of papal nominations directly to the Church and the people of Rome. Benedict symbolically adopted Constantine's two sons Justinian and Heraclius.[1]

To help to suppress Monothelitism, he endeavoured to secure the subscriptions of the bishops of Hispania to the decrees of the Third Council of Constantinople of 678, and to bring about the submission to the decrees of Macarius, the deposed bishop of Antioch.[1]

Restorations of numerous churches in Rome are ascribed to the less than a year's pontificate of Benedict II. Pope Benedict II died on 8 May 685.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Wikisource-logo.svg "Pope St. Benedict II". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Leo II
Pope
684–685
Succeeded by
John V