Little is known of his early life. Repeatedly faced invasion by the Lombards, which led to alliance with Pepin of the Franks. Conflicts and alliances from battle led to Stephen by the first pope–king. Known for his love and support of the poor, and for a number of hospitals built for the indigent.
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- “Pope Stephen III“. . CatholicSaints.Info. 4 April 2012. Web. 8 October 2015. <>