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Pope Benedict VI

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Benedict VI
Papacy began 19 January 973
Papacy ended June 974
Predecessor John XIII
Successor Benedict VII
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Rome, Papal States
Died June 974
Rome, Papal States, Holy Roman Empire
Other Popes named Benedict

Pope Benedict VI was pope from January of 973 to June of 974. His brief pontificate came in the political context of the founding of the Holy Roman Empire, during the transition between the reigns of German emperors Otto I and Otto II and the struggle for power of aristocratic families such as the Crescentii and Tusculani in the region of Rome.

Benedict VI was born in Rome, the son of Hildebrand. He was elected and installed as pope under the protection of Otto I,[1] whose dominance in Roman and ecclesial affairs was resisted by local aristocracy. Record of his reign as pope is scant, though he is known to have confirmed privileges assumed by certain monasteries and churches.

Otto I died soon after Benedict's election in 973, and in 974 Benedict was imprisoned in the Castel Sant'Angelo, at that time a stronghold of the Crescentii. When Otto II sent an imperial representative, Count Sicco, to secure his release, Crescentius I and Cardinal-Deacon Franco Ferrucci, who would subsequently become Boniface VII, an antipope, had Benedict murdered while still in prison.[2]

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  1. Roger Collins, Keepers of the keys of heaven: a history of the papacy, (Basic Books, 2009), 187.
  2. Richard P. McBrien, Lives of the Popes: The Pontiffs from St. Peter to Benedict XVI, (HarperCollins, 2000), 161.
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Benedict VII