, Saint. Acisclus Saint and Martyr. He was born in Cordoba and was martyred along with his sister Victoria during the rule of Diocletian. Died around 304 AD and the Feast Day is November 17. His tomb was later destroyed by Visigothic King Agila. Patron Saint of Cordoba and popular in Spain and the South of France. (Bio by: girlofcelje (inactive)) Body lost or destroyed, Tomb destroyed by King Agila
I., Saint. Agapetus d. April 22, 536 Roman Catholic Pope. Agapetus was the son of a Roman priest who had been slain during the riots in the days of Pope Symmachus. He was elected Pope in 535 and reigned until the following year, 536. His first official act as Pope was to burn in the presence of the assembled clergy the anathema which Boniface II had pronounced against the latter's rival Dioscurus and had ordered to be preserved in the Roman archives. He confirmed the decrees of the council held at Carthage, after the liberation of...[Read More] (Bio by: Saratoga) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
II., Patriarch. Aleksy b. February 23, 1929 d. December 5, 2008 Russian Orthodox Patriarch. He was spiritual leader of the 140 million members of the Russian Orthodox Church and worked to heal the breaks that had occurred during the Soviet Union era. Born Alexi Mikailovich Ridiger, he was raised in Estonia, and was ordained a Deacon and a Priest in 1950. After his graduation from the Leningrad Theological Academy in 1953, his rise in the Church was rapid, and he was consecrated Bishop of Tallinn and Estonia in 1961. From 1986 until his elevation as...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Epiphany Cathedral, Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russian Federation
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
VII., Pope. Alexander b. February 13, 1599 d. May 22, 1667 Roman Catholic Pope. Born Fabio Chigi, he was the nephew of Pope Paul V. When still young, he was marked by continued ill-health, consequent upon an attack of apoplexy in infancy. Unable to attend school, he was taught first by his mother, and later by able tutors, and displayed remarkable precocity and love of reading. He fulfilled many papal diplomatic missions and was created Cardinal in 1652. During his pontificate difficulties with King Louis XIV of France led to the temporary loss of...[Read More] (Bio by: MC) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
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.
VIII., Pope. Alexander b. April 22, 1610 d. February 1, 1691 Roman Catholic Pope. Born Pietro Vitto Otto Boni in Venice, Italy in 1610, he was elected pope on October 6, 1689 and crowned at the Vatican on the 16th. As pope he governed the Papal State mildly, reducing taxes and making several concessions to farmers. Alexander VIII practiced nepotism, but was, on the other hand, generous with the Church making it a gift of the library of the late Queen Christina of Sweden which he had bought at his own expense. Alexander VIII died in Rome in 1691 and is...[Read More] (Bio by: Curtis Jackson) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
I., Pope. Anacletus 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 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.
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
III., Pope. Benedict d. April 7, 858 Pope. He had been elected in 855. Benedict III is known to have been well-educated and ascetic. He worked to repair the damage done by the Saracens to St. Peter's and St. Paul's, but his time was short. He died on April 7, 858. (Bio by: MC) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
IV., Pope. Benedict 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