Learned and zealous in religious affairs, he was noted for being gentle with all.
Worked for the reconquest of Jerusalem, and ordered a general fast throughout Christendom as a mark of grief for its loss.
Worked for reconciliation of the Church with Emperor Barbarossa.
Died while trying to rearm Pisa and Genoa in order to fight the Saracens, and bring the two disputing republics together.
His papacy last a mere eight weeks.