Pope John VII

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Pope John VII
Papacy began 1 March 705
Papacy ended 18 October 707
Predecessor John VI
Successor Sisinnius
Personal details
Born 650
Rossano, Calabria, Byzantine Empire
Died 18 October 707
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Pope John VII (650 – 18 October 707) was pope of the Roman Catholic Church from 1 March 705 until 18 October 707 when he died.

His father was Plato was a curator of the Palatine Hill. This makes him the first pope to be the son of a Byzantine official.[1]

He had bad relations with the Quinisext council of 692 but had good relations with the Lombards, who had ruled much of Italy at the time. Liber Pontificalis criticized Pope John VII for not signing Canons which were really unpopular in Italy at the time.

Liber Pontificalis said:

"He [Emperor Justinian II] despatched two metropolitan bishops, also sending with them a mandate in which he requested and urged the pontiff [John VII] to gather a council of the apostolic church, and to confirm such of them as he approved, and quash and reject those which were adverse. But he, terrified in his human weakness, sent them back to the prince by the same metropolitans without any emendations at all."[2]

He died on 18 October 707 and was buried in Chapel of the Blessed Virgin Mary.[3] He was succeeded by Pope Sisinnius.

References[change | change source]

  1. Kelly, J. N. D.. The Oxford Dictionary of Popes. p. 84.
  2. Davis, R. The Book of Pontiffs: the ancient biographies of the first ninety Roman bishops to AD 715. p. 91.
  3. McBrien, Richard P.. Lives of the Popes. p. 117.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John VI
Pope
705–707
Succeeded by
Sisinnius