BENEDICT II (Saint) Pope. (May 7) (7th century) A Roman by birth, who in early life, devoted himself to the study of the Holy Scriptures and of the Ecclesiastical chant. On the death of Saint Leo II (A.D. 683) he was elected Pope, but his enthronement was delayed for a year while awaiting the confirmation of the Emperor of Constantinople, up to that time usually sought. It was mainly on account of the case of this Pope that the then Emperor Constantine Pogonatus consented that thenceforth such Imperial approval need no longer be sought. Pope Benedict died A.D. 685, and was buried in Saint Peter’s.