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Benedict I
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Born in Rome as the son of Boniface, Benedict was the bishop of Rome for only four years (575–579 CE). During his brief papacy, he witnessed great hardships and afflictions (LP, vol. I, 308) following the Lombard conquest of Italy and the ensuing famine. The invasion led to an interruption of regular contacts with Constantinople, and Benedict was consecrated only when the emperor’s permission was received on Jun 2, 575 CE, 11 months after his predecessor’s death. The abbot of the Monastery of Saint Mark in Spoleto appealed t…

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Ronzani, Rocco, “Benedict I”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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