Benedict I

Benedict I
    Pope Benedict I
     Catholic_Encyclopedia Pope Benedict I
    Of the first Pontiff who bore the name of Benedict practically nothing is known. The date of his birth is unknown; he d. 30 July, 579. He was a Roman and the son of Boniface, and was called Bonosus by the Greeks (Evagrius, Hist., V, 16). The ravages of the Lombards rendered it very difficult to communicate with the emperor at Constantinople, who claimed the privilege of confirming the election of the popes. Hence there was a vacancy of nearly eleven months between the death of John III and the arrival of the imperial confirmation of Benedict's election, 2 June, 575. He reigned four years, one month, and twenty-eight days. Almost the only act recorded of him is that he granted an estate, the Massa Veneris, in the territory of Minturnae, to Abbot Stephen of St. Mark's "near the walls of Spoleto" (St. Gregory I, Ep. ix, 87, I. al. 30). Famine followed the devastating Lombards, and from the few words the Liber Pontificalis has about Benedict, we gather that he died in the midst of his efforts to cope with these difficulties. He was buried in the vestibule of the sacristy of the old basilica of St. Peter. In an ordination which he held in December he made fifteen priests and three deacons ( see Deacons ), and consecrated twenty-one bishops.
    The most important source for the history of the first nine popes who bore the name of Benedict is the biographies in the Liber Pontificalis, of which the most useful edition is that of Duchesne, Le Liber Pontificalis (Paris, 1886-92), and the latest that of Mommsen, Gesta Pontif. Roman. (to the end of the reign of Constantine only, Berlin, 1898). Jaffé, Regesta Pont. Rom. (2d ed., Leipzig, 1885), gives a summary of the letters of each pope and tells where they may be read at length. Modern accounts of these popes will be found in any large Church history, or history of the City of Rome. The fullest account in English of most of them is to be read in Mann, Lives of the Popes in the Early Middle Ages (London, 1902, passim).
    HORACE K. MANN
    Transcribed by Kryspin J. Turczynski

The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume VIII. — New York: Robert Appleton Company. . 1910.


Catholic encyclopedia.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Benedict — most commonly refers to Saint Benedict of Nursia, the founder of the Order of Saint Benedict and thereby of Western monasticism. It may also may refer to:Peopleaints*Benedict of Aniane *Benedict Biscop *Benedict the Bridge Builder, also known as… …   Wikipedia

  • Benedict — ist der Name folgender Personen: Charles B. Benedict (1828–1901), amerikanischer Politiker Cleve Benedict (* 1935), amerikanischer Politiker Clint Benedict (1894–1976), kanadischer Eishockeyspieler Dirk Benedict (* 1945), amerikanischer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • BENEDICT° — BENEDICT°, name of 16 popes, several of whom had significant contacts with Jews. BENEDICT VIII (1012–1024) ordered the execution of a number of Roman Jews in 1020 or 1021, on a charge that they had mocked the cross and thereby caused an… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Benedict IX —     Pope Benedict IX     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Pope Benedict IX     The nephew of his two immediate predecessors, Benedict IX was a man of very different character to either of them. He was a disgrace to the Chair of Peter. Regarding it as a… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Benedict V —     Pope Benedict V     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Pope Benedict V     Date of birth unknown; died 4 July, 965.     Benedict V was elected pope (May, 964) in very critical circumstances. The powerful emperor, Otho I, had forcibly deposed the… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Benedict — Benedict, NE U.S. village in Nebraska Population (2000): 278 Housing Units (2000): 102 Land area (2000): 0.189711 sq. miles (0.491349 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.189711 sq. miles (0.491349… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Benedict XI —     Pope Benedict XI     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Pope Benedict XI     (Nicholas Boccasini)     Born at Treviso, Italy, 1240; died at Perugia, 7 July, 1304. He entered the Dominican Order at the age of fourteen. After fourteen years of study, he …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • BENEDICT (R.) — BENEDICT RUTH FULTON (1887 1948) L’ethnologue américaine Ruth Benedict ne vint, avec enthousiasme d’ailleurs, à la recherche anthropologique que vers la trentaine, déçue qu’elle était alors par les études de littérature anglaise qu’elle avait… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Benedict IV —     Pope Benedict IV     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Pope Benedict IV     Date of birth unknown; died in the summer of 903.     The Popes Benedict from the fourth to the ninth inclusive belong to the darkest period of papal history. The reigns of… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Benedict VI —     Pope Benedict VI     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Pope Benedict VI     Date of birth unknown; d. August, 974 (see Ricobaldi of Ferrara, Compil. Chron., in Rer. Ital. SS. IX). Benedict, Cardinal Deacon of St. Theodore, a Roman and the son of… …   Catholic encyclopedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.