- Pope Sergius II
English name=Sergius II
January 24, 847
Sergius II was
Popefrom January, 844- January 24, 847.
On the death of
Gregory IVthe archdeacon John was proclaimed pope by popular acclamation, while the nobility elected Sergius, a Roman of noble birth. The opposition was suppressed, with Sergius intervening to save John's life. Sergius was then consecrated immediately by the nobles (or the bishops) Fact|date=March 2007, without seeking the ratification of the Frankish court.
The Holy Roman Emperor
Lothair I, however, disapproved of this abandoning of the Constitutio Romanaof 824 which included the statute that no pope should be consecrated until his election had the approval of the Frankish emperor. He sent an army under his son Louis, the recently appointed viceroyof Italy, to re-establish his authority. The Church and the Emperor reached an accommodation, with Louis being crowned king of Lombardyby Sergius, although the Pope did not accede to all the demands made upon him.
Sergius contributed to urban redevelopment in
Rome, relying on some consider to be dubious means of gaining money. Simonyis said to have flourished during the reign of Sergius II.
During his pontificate Rome was ravaged and the churches of St. Peter and St. Paul were sacked by
Saracens, who also assaulted Portoand Ostia (August 846). Sergius died while negotiating between two patriarchs and was succeeded by Pope Leo IV.
*Cheetham, Nicolas, "Keepers of the Keys", New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1983. ISBN 0-684-1863-X
* [http://www.documentacatholicaomnia.eu/01_01_0844-0847-_Sergius_II.html Opera Omnia by Migne Patrologia Latina with analytical indexes]
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