Brother of Pope Stephen II. Orphaned young. Educated at the Lateran school. Deacon under Pope Zachary. Ordained in Rome, Italy. Noted for his gentleness and his charity, spiritual and monetary. Papal diplomat for his brother, recovering Papal State property from the invading Lombards. Succeeded his brother as 93rd pope on 29 May 757.
Worked with King Pepin the Short and to maintain the papacy‘s temporal power. In 765 he settled an agreement with the Byzantine Desiderius regarding their boundaries. Built churches and monasteries in Rome. Opposed the iconoclastic emperor Constantine Coproynmus, and sheltered refugees from his oppression.
- Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
- Catholic Encyclopedia
- New Catholic Dictionary
- Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints
- “Pope Saint Paul I“. Saints.SQPN.com. 28 August 2013. Web. 16 April 2014. <>