, Saint. Abundius d. 854 Roman Catholic Saint. One of the forty-eight "Martyrs of Córdoba", he was a priest in Ananelos near Cordoba, Spain. He refused to give up his Christian beliefs and was ordered beheaded by the Islamic Moorish authorities, after which his body was thrown to the dogs. His Feast Day is celebrated on July 11. (Bio by: girlofcelje (inactive)) Body lost or destroyed, Thrown to dogs after decapitation
II., Pope. Alexander d. April 21, 1073 Roman Catholic Pope. Born Anselmo Baggio in Milan, Italy, he was elected to the papacy in 1061. He opposed lay investiture and was enthroned without the consent of Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor, who then created his own anti-pope. Alexander was accused in 1064 of buying the papacy but cleared himself at the Council of Mantua in the same year. (Bio by: MC) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City Plot: Sacred Grottoes
I., Pope. Alexander Roman Catholic Pope. The sixth occupant of the Holy See, he was elected in 106 AD. Little is known of his life. His papacy ended 115 AD. It is said that he was born in Rome and that he suffered a martyr's death by decapitation at the Via Nomentana on May 3. He was predecessor of Pope Evaristus and successor of Pope Sixtus I. (Bio by: Ilonka) Body lost or destroyed, His remains are said to have been transferred to Freising in Bavaria, Germany in 834 AD.
I., Pope. Anacletus d. 92 (circa) Roman Catholic Pope, Saint. Second bishop of Rome, he may have been the same person as Pope Cletus. According to the catalogues he occupied the papal chair for twelve years (c. 77-88). He was put to death under the Emperor Domitian around 91 AD. He was buried near Saint Linus, where his relics remain. (Bio by: MC) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City Plot: Necropolis
III., Pope. Anastasius d. June, 913 Pope. The 123rd occupant of the Holy See, elected September, 911, he was a Roman. His reign was marked with moderation, but beyond this history gives no details of his life, except that he was active in determining the ecclesiastical divisions of Germany. Anastasius III died some time in the summer of 913. He was buried in St. Peter's. His epitaph pithily remarks that the tomb holds the bones but could not contain the merits of this Pope who ruled the Church well. (Bio by: MC) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
, Saint. Andrew [partial remains] Roman Catholic Saint. One of the original 12 disciples of Jesus Christ, he was the brother of Simon Peter, also one of the original disciples. He was probably born sometime in the early 1st century in the village of Bethsaida, located in the region of Judea on the Sea of Galilee, in present-day Israel. He was a fisherman by trade and was a follower of John the Baptist, according to the Gospel of John, but when Jesus passed through his village during his 3-year ministry, he personally called him...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Saint Andrew's Cathedral, Saint Andrews, Fife, Scotland
, Patriarch. Athenagoras I b. April 6, 1886 d. July 7, 1972 Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. A native of Greece, Aristocles Spyrou was the son of a doctor who was tonsured an Orthodox monk by the name Athenagoras for the Greek Orthodox Church upon finishing his studies in Turkey. Elected Metropolitan of Corfu while still a deacon in 1922, eight years later he was named Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America. During his episcopate, he sought harmony between his numerous communities, opened the Holy Cross School of...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) St. Mary of the Spring Monastery, Istanbul, Turkey Plot: Monastery Cemetery.
XV., Pope. Benedict b. November 21, 1854 d. January 22, 1922 Roman Catholic Pope. Born Giacomo della Chiesa in Genoa 1854, the sixth child of Marchese Giuseppe della Chiesa and his wife Marchesa Giovanna Migliorati. In 1875 at the age of twenty one he acquired a doctorate in Law. He had attended the University of Genoa, which after the unification of Italy, was largely dominated by anti-Catholic and anti-clerical politics. With his doctorate in Law and at legal age, he asked his father for permission to study for the priesthood, which was now reluctantly...[Read More] (Bio by: Shock) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City Plot: Near the middle of the grotto
XIV., Pope. Benedict b. March 31, 1675 d. May 3, 1758 Roman Catholic Pope (1740-1758), born Prospero Lambertini in Bologna, Italy in 1675. He is considered to be the greatest scholar to be Pope. Benedict XIV was crowned Pope at the Vatican on Aug. 22, 1740. He is descibed as a man of great intellect and vast culture. He was also a very balanced person and admirer of the arts. These qualities made everyone appreciate him. As Pope, Benedict XIV made maximum use of the art of mediation. He faced the problem of the Enlightenment and the absolutism. He...[Read More] (Bio by: Curtis Jackson) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
IV., Pope. Benedict d. July, 903 Pope. Benedict IV became pope in the first half of 900. His high birth, his generosity, his zeal for the public good are loudly commended by the contemporary historian Frodoard, who gives him the title of "Great". Benedict IV held a synod in the Lateran Palace, crowned Emperor Louis III, the Blind, and recognized the legitimacy of Pope Formosus and upheld his ordinances. He died sometime in the summer of 903. (Bio by: MC) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
XIII., Antipope. Benedictus b. 1328 d. May 23, 1423 Antipope. His real name was Pedro Martínez de Luna born in Illueca (Aragón). He was designed Pope in Avignon in 1394 as Benedictus XIII during Western Schism. He is best known as Pope Luna. Benedictus XIII was deposed in 1417. Then, he moved to a castle in Peñíscola (Castellón, Comunidad Valenciana) where died in an uncertain date (some sources say November 29 in 1422). His body was buried in the castle and later moved to Illueca. But during Succession War in Spain his body was destroyed. Only...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Body lost or destroyed
, Saint. Benildis Roman Catholic Saint. Born in Cordoba and was so moved by the martyrdom of St. Athanasius that she offerd herself up for the same. She was burned and her ashes were thrown in the Guadalquivir River. Her Feast Day is June 15. Executed in 853 AD. (Bio by: girlofcelje (inactive)) Cremated, Ashes scattered, Ashes thrown into river after execution
VIII., Pope. Boniface b. 1235 d. October 11, 1303 Roman Catholic Pope. Born 'Benedict Cajetan' or 'Benedetto Gaetano'. Descendant of a noble family originally Spanish, but long established in Italy. Related to Pope Innocent III, Pope Gregory IX, and Pope Alexander IV. He was regarded as a man of great ability and he meddled incessantly in foreign affairs, and put forward some of the strongest claims to temporal as well as spiritual supremacy of any pope. (Bio by: MC) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
VI., Pope. Boniface d. April, 896 Pope. Born probaly in Rome, elected 112th pope in 896 after a popular uprising. Little is known of his early life, but he was apparently deprived his orders when a subdeacon and a priest. Died of gout after 15 days on the throne. The Council of Rome in 898, declared his election null. (Bio by: MC) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
, Saint. Boris d. 1010 Russian Orthodox Saint, Royalty. He was the son of Vladimir and the grandson of Saint Olga as well as the brother of Saint Gleb. This innocent prince was killed by his half brother who wanted the throne to himself. Boris and his brother Gleb would not commit violence to protect themselves so they gently submitted to their murder rather then spill blood. Boris is the patron of Moscow and Russia and his Feast Day is July 24th. During the invasion of the Golden Horde his remains were destroyed. (Bio by: girlofcelje (inactive)) Body lost or destroyed, Body destroyed during the invasion of the Golden Horde
, Saint. Brendan b. 484 d. 577 Roman Catholic Saint, Explorer. Abbot and traveller, traditionally the founder of the monastery of Clonfert in County Galway (561), and other monasteries in Ireland and Scotland. The Latin Navigation of St Brendan (c.1050) recounts his legendary voyage to a land of saints far to the west and north, possibly the Hebrides and the Northern Isles, or even Iceland. His feast day is May 16. Saint Brendan Monastery, Galway, County Galway, Ireland