Pope John III

[Pope John III]
Also known as
Joannes Catelinus
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Born to a distinguished family, the son of Anastasius the Illustris. 61st pope after an inter-regnum of five months. Little is known of his pontificate. Noted for his generosity to the poor. During the Lombard invasion, he appealed for military help to General Narses. Narses lost in the field, and John retreated for several months to the catacombs; when he returned to the Lateran palance, he had the catacombs repaired and made provision for Mass to be celebrated in them.
Born
at Rome, Italy as Joannes Catelinus
Papal Ascension
17 July 561
Died
13 July 574 at Rome, Italy as Joannes Catelinus; buried in Saint Peter's
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