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Pope Theodore II

840 - 897

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Pope Theodore II (Latin: Theodorus II; 840 – December 897) was the bishop of Rome and ruler of the Papal States for twenty days in December 897. His short reign occurred during a period of partisan strife in the Catholic Church, which was entangled with a period of violence and disorder in central Italy. His main act as pope was to annul the recent Cadaver Synod, therefore reinstating the acts and ordinations of Pope Formosus, which had themselves been annulled by Pope Stephen VI. He also had the body of Formosus recovered from the river Tiber and reburied with honour. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Theodore II has received more than 201,385 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Pope Theodore II is the 586th most popular religious figure (down from 561st in 2019), the 732nd most popular biography from Italy (down from 701st in 2019) and the 243rd most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Theodore II is most famous for being the pope who excommunicated the Patriarch of Constantinople.

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Among religious figures, Pope Theodore II ranks 586 out of 2,238Before him are Ali al-Hadi, Francis Borgia, 4th Duke of Gandía, Pope Alexander II, Catherine Labouré, Jean Meslier, and Gamaliel. After him are Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, Sister Lúcia, Joan Enric Vives Sicília, John Knox, Tamar, and Macarius of Egypt.

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Among people born in 840, Pope Theodore II ranks 3Before him are Michael III and Clement of Ohrid. After him are Svatopluk I of Moravia, Wilfred the Hairy, Richardis, Notker the Stammerer, Ya'qub ibn al-Layth al-Saffar, Hucbald, Eudokia Ingerina, and Unruoch III of Friuli. Among people deceased in 897, Pope Theodore II ranks 1After him are Pope Stephen VI, Pope Romanus, Wilfred the Hairy, Jinseong of Silla, Buhturi, and Braslav, Duke of Lower Pannonia.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Theodore II ranks 732 out of 4,668Before him are Ottorino Respighi (1879), Lorenzo di Credi (1459), Constans (320), Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli (1397), Gaius Octavius (-100), and Giovanni Schiaparelli (1835). After him are Pietro Metastasio (1698), Henry of Germany (1211), Gigliola Cinquetti (1947), Galeazzo Maria Sforza (1444), Gianni Agnelli (1921), and Faustina the Younger (125).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Theodore II ranks 243Before him are Pope Boniface II (470), Pope Felix IV (480), Francis of Paola (1416), Pope Eusebius (250), Pope Vigilius (500), and Pope Alexander II (1010). After him are Jacobus da Varagine (1228), Pope Stephen VI (850), Pope Severinus (600), Pope Leo VI (914), Pope Romanus (850), and Tarcisius (263).