Pope Paschal I
Reigned from 25 January 817 to 824.
Born Rome, Italy; died there.
He joined the Roman clergy, became superior of the monastery of Saint Stephen, and took care of the pilgrims who came to Rome.
As pope he received from Emperor Louis I a document confirming the rights and possessions of the Holy See.
He crowned Lothair I as emperor in 823, and he supported missionary expeditions which went out from the Frankish Kingdom.
In 814, when the Iconoclastic controversy broke out again in the Byzantine Empire, Paschal supported Theodore of Studium, champion of orthodoxy.
He restored and beautified many churches and monasteries, and placed the relics of many Roman martyrs in the church of Saint Praxedes, where he was buried.
He is honored as a saint on 11 February.
New Catholic Dictionary