Pope Benedict VII

Member of the family of counts of Tusculum; his father's name was David. Priest. Bishop of Sutri. Pope. He was opposed by the anti-pope Boniface VII, and had to call upon emperor Otho II for help in defeated Boniface's supporters. He had a relatively quiet and uneventful papacy, something rare in the period. He opposed simony, supported monasticism and the preservation of knowledge in monasteries, and appointed the first archbishop of Carthage.
Rome, Italy
Papal Ascension
elected October 974; formal ascension in 975
autumn 983 of natural causes
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