New Catholic Dictionary – Pope Saint Nicholas I

Pope Saint Nicholas IDerivation

  • Greek: victor of the people


Reigned from 858 to 867. Born in 825 in Rome, Italy; died there. Elected after the disintegration of the empire of Charlemagne, he found Christianity threatened by laxity in the observance of moral and civil law. To uphold Divine and Church law against princes and worldly bishops, he protected the minor clergy and suffragan bishops against their exactions. He upheld the right of appealing to Rome, against the decisions of Archbishop Hincmar of Rheims; defended the integrity of the marriage bond against Lothair II; and supported Ignatius, Patriarch of Constantinople against, the intruder, Photius. Feast, Roman Calendar, 13 November.

MLA Citation

  • “Pope Saint Nicholas I”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 August 2018. Web. 16 May 2021. <>