Tuesday, February 20, 2007

One Hundred Twenty-sixth Pope: Leo VII - 0 comments

One Hundred Twenty-fifth Pope: John XI - 0 comments

One Hundred Twenty-fourth Pope: Stephen VII - 0 comments

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

One Hundred Twenty-third Pope: Leo VI - 0 comments

Monday, February 12, 2007

One Hundred Twenty-second Pope: John X - 0 comments

John X had a decently long run as Pope (at least for the era) - from 914-928. His career was mostly marked by political wranglings.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

One Hundred Twenty-first Pope: Lando - 1 comments

Oh, poor Pope Lando. He's suffered through a lot of StarWars jokes.

One Hundred Twentieth Pope: Anastasius III - 0 comments

Some days all the drawings suck.

Friday, February 09, 2007

One Hundred Nineteenth Pope: Sergius III - 0 comments

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

One Hundred Eighteenth Pope: Leo V - 1 comments

One Hundred Seventeenth Pope: Benedict IV - 0 comments

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

One Hundred Sixteenth Pope: John IX - 0 comments

One Hundred Fifteenth Pope: Theodore II - 0 comments

One Hundred Fourteenth Pope: Romanus - 0 comments

Monday, February 05, 2007

One Hundred Twelfth Pope: Boniface VI - 5 comments

Out of Order Popes! 111 & 113 - 1 comments

Popes 111 and 113 strangely overlap! It's all got to do with a strange, true bit of history referred to as the Cadaver Synod.

In a weird bit of political wrangling, the 111th pope, Formosus, was exhumed from his grave by a successor, Stephen VI, and put on trial for various crimes. Stephen dressed the body in its old papal vestments, and sat it on a throne to face the accusations. Formosus didn't put up a very good defense (being, you know, dead and all), and was found guilty.

The punishment was pretty gruesome as well; Wikipedia says, "Stephen had the body stripped of its papal vestments, cut off the three fingers of his right hand used for benedictions, and declared all of his ordinations invalid. The body was finally interred in a graveyard for foreigners, only to be dug up once again, tied to weights, and cast into the Tiber."

After a few years, later popes overturned the decisions, and had Formosus' body buried in St. Peter's. History: stranger than fiction.

One Hundred Tenth Pope: Stephen V - 0 comments

One Hundred Ninth Pope: Adrian III - 2 comments

Saturday, February 03, 2007

One Hundred Eighth Pope: Martinus I - 0 comments

One Hundred Seventh Pope: John VII - 0 comments

One Hundred Sixth Pope: Adrian II - 2 comments