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Pope Sisinnius

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Sisinnius
Papacy began 15 January 708
Papacy ended 4 February 708
Predecessor John VII
Successor Constantine
Personal details
Birth name ???
Born 650
Syria, Rashidun Caliphate
Died 4 February 708(708-02-04)
Rome, Byzantine Empire

Pope Sisinnius (c. 650 – 4 February 708) was Pope for about three weeks in 708.

A Syrian by birth, Sisinnius' father's name was John.[1] The paucity of donations to the papacy during his reign (42 pounds of gold and 310 pounds of silver, a fraction of the personal donations of other contemporary pontiffs) indicate that he was probably not from the aristocracy.[2]

Sisinnius was selected as pope during the Byzantine Papacy. He succeeded Pope John VII after a sede vacante of three months.[3] He was consecrated around 15 January 708.[1]

Sisinnius remained pope for just twenty days.[3] According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, "although he was so afflicted with gout that he was unable even to feed himself, he is nevertheless said to have been a man of strong character, and to have been able to take thought for the good of the city".[1] Among his few acts as pope was the consecration of a bishop for Corsica.[1] He also ordered "that lime be burned in order to restore portions" of the walls of Rome.[4] The restoration of the walls planned by Sisinnius was carried out by Pope Gregory II.[5] The book True Christianity: The Catholic Way credits him with defending the Church against the Lombards and Saracens.[6]

Sisinnius was buried in Old St. Peter's Basilica.[1] He was succeeded less than two months later by Pope Constantine.[3] Constantine, also Syrian by birth, was probably the brother of Sisinnius.[7]

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Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Wikisource-logo.svg "Pope Sisinnius" in the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia.
  2. Jeffrey Richards. 1979. The popes and the papacy in the early Middle Ages, 476–752. p. 245.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Ekonomou, 2007, p. 246.
  4. Ekonomou, 2007, p. 248.
  5. Charles Isidore Hemans. 1874. Historic and monumental Rome. p. 100.
  6. Pasquini, John J. True Christianity: The Catholic Way. iUniverse. p. 418. 
  7. *Williams, George L. 2004. Papal Genealogy: The Families and Descendants of the Popes. McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-2071-5. p. 10.

References

  • Ekonomou, Andrew J. 2007. Byzantine Rome and the Greek Popes: Eastern influences on Rome and the papacy from Gregory the Great to Zacharias, A.D. 590–752. Lexington Books.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John VII
Pope
708
Succeeded by
Constantine