Pope Boniface II

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Boniface II
Bishop of Rome
ChurchCatholic Church
SeeHoly See
Papacy began22 September 530
Papacy ended17 October 532
PredecessorFelix IV
SuccessorJohn II
Personal details
BornRome, Italy
Died17 October 532
Other popes named Boniface

Pope Boniface II (Latin: Bonifatius II; died 17 October 532) was the first Germanic bishop of Rome. He ruled the Holy See from 22 September 530 until his death.[1] He was born an Ostrogoth.

Boniface was chosen by his predecessor, Felix IV, who had been a strong adherent of the Arian king, and was never elected. He was later elected, largely due to the influence of the Gothic king Athalaric.[2] For a time, Boniface served as pope in competition with Dioscorus, who had been elected by most of the priests of Rome. Boniface and Dioscorus were both consecrated in Rome on 22 September 530, but Dioscurus died only twenty-two days later.[1]

Boniface II's most notable act was confirming the decisions of the Council of Orange, teaching that grace is always necessary to obtain salvation.[3][2] Boniface was buried in St. Peter's on 17 October 532.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Peterson, John Bertram (1913). "Pope Boniface II" . In Herbermann, Charles (ed.). Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
  2. ^ a b Cline, Austin. "Today in History: 17 September 530: Election of Pope Boniface II, First German Ever Elected to Papacy". Skepticism – Skeptical Notes on Politics, Culture, Religion. Archived from the original on 14 September 2018. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Pope Boniface II". Catholic Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17 March 2017.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Felix IV
Succeeded by
John II