Catholic Encyclopedia – Pope Saint Benedict II

illustration of Pope Benedict II from 'The Lives and Times of the Popes', by Chevalier Artaud de Montor, 1842; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Date of birth unknown; died 8 May 685; was a Roman, and the son of John. Sent when young to the schola cantorum, he distinguished himself by his knowledge of the Scriptures and by his singing, and as a priest was remarkable for his humility, love of the poor, and generosity. He became pope 26 June 684, after an interval of over eleven months. To abridge the vacancies of the Holy See which followed the deaths of the popes, he obtained from the Emperor Constantine Pogonatus a decree which either abolished imperial confirmations altogether or made them obtainable from the exarch in Italy. He adopted Constantine’s two sons by receiving locks of their hair sent him by the emperor. To help to suppress Monothelitism, he endeavoured to secure the subscriptions of the Spanish bishops to the decrees of the Sixth General Council, and to bring about the submission to them of Macarius, ex-Bishop of Antioch. He was one of the popes who favoured the cause of Saint Wilfred of York. Many of the churches of Rome were restored by him; and its clergy, its deaconries for the care of the poor, and its lay sacristans all benefited by his liberality. He was buried in Saint Peter’s.

MLA Citation

  • Horace Mann. “Pope Saint Benedict II”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1907. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 October 2018. Web. 25 September 2020. <>