New Catholic Dictionary – Pope Saint Gregory II

detail of 'The Ecstasy of Saint Gregory the Great', Pieter Pauwel Rubens, 1608, oil on canvas, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Grenoble, FranceArticle

Reigned from 19 May 715 to February 731. Born in Rome, Italy; died there. He is the first papal almoner or librarian known to us by name. As deacon he accompanied Pope Constantine to Constantinople to discuss the canons of the Quinisext Council with Justinian II. As pope, he upheld the primacy of the Holy See, and opposed the iconoclastic edicts of Leo the Isaurian, while nevertheless giving him the allegiance due to a temporal sovereign. His opposition to the Byzantine Empire brought the Lombards in union with the papacy. He sent Saint Boniface to Germany, and repaired Monte Cassino and the walls of Rome. Feast, Roman Calendar, 13 February.

MLA Citation

  • “Pope Saint Gregory II”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 September 2016. Web. 10 July 2020. <>