Benedict III, Pope of Rome
Benedict was born in Rome and was educated in the Lateran school. He was
elected pope to succeed Leo IV in 855, after the cardinal priest of S.
Marco refused the honor. Benedict was enthroned without the consent of the
emperor, Louis II, who then set up Anastasius the Librarian as pope and
imprisoned Benedict. The people of Rome secured the release of Benedict.
He repaired damage done in the city by the Saracens in 846 and by the
floods of the Tiber. He died in 858.
Some legends say that Pope Joan was the real pope at this time.
Karen Rae Keck
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