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Pope John XIX

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John XIX
Papacy beganMay 1024
Papacy endedOctober 1032
PredecessorPope Benedict VIII
SuccessorPope Benedict IX
Personal details
Birth nameRomanus
DiedOctober 1032
Rome, Papal States
Other popes named John

Pope John XIX (Latin: Ioannes Undevicesimus;   -died October 1032), born Romanus, was an Italian bishop of the Roman Catholic Church and the 145th Pope from 1024 to 1032.[1]

Early life[change | change source]

Romanus was born in Rome to the noble Tusculum family.[2] He was the brother of Pope Benedict VIII and the uncle of Pope Benedict IX.[3]

Pope[change | change source]

Romanus was elected pope in 1024. His family used his money and influence to make Romanus the pope. This was called simony.[3] He chose the name Pope John,[4] and he is known as John XIX.[5]

After his election, Pope John became a priest and a bishop.[3]

John XIX is credited as the first pope to grant an indulgence.[3]

His successor was his nephew, who became known as Benedict IX.[4]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

The Coat of Arms of John XIX[6]
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-3.
  2. The Tusculum family are also known as the Tuscolani
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Pope John XIX," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-3.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature. H.G. Allen. 1888. p. 711.
  5. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. C. Knight. 1839. p. 129.
  6. Stemmi Papali, Giovanni XIX (in Italian); retrieved 2011-11-3

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Ioannes XIX at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Benedict VIII
Succeeded by
Benedict IX