Pope Benedict VIII

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Benedict VIII
Papacy beganMay 18, 1012
Papacy endedApril 9, 1024
PredecessorPope Sergius IV
SuccessorPope John XIX
Personal details
Birth nameTeofillato (Theophylactus)
Bornc. 980
Died(1024-04-09)April 9, 1024
Other popes named Benedict

Pope Benedict VIII (Latin: Benedictus Octavus;   –died April 9, 1024), born Teofillato or Theophylactus, was an Italian cleric of the Roman Catholic Church and the 144th Pope from 1012 to 1024.[1]

Early life[change | change source]

Teofillato was the son of Gregory, Count of Tusculum. He was the brother of Pope John XIX.[2] He was related to Pope Sergius IV[3] and the Conti family.[4]

Pope[change | change source]

Teofillato was a layman before he was elected pope in 1012.[2]

Benedict was supported by King Henry II of Saxony. Benedict crowned Henry Holy Roman Emperor in 1014.[5]

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References[change | change source]

Emblem of the popes
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-7.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Pope Benedict VIII", Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-7.
  3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge. Encyclopedia Americana Corporation. 1918. p. 504.
  4. The Penny Cyclopædia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. C. Knight. 1835. p. 214.
  5. Chisholm, Hugh (1910). The Encyclopedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information. Encyclopedia Britannica Company. p. 718.

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Preceded by
Sergius IV
Succeeded by
John XIX