Boniface II, Pope of Rome
A Roman of Germanic descent, Pope Boniface II gained infamy for his
suggestion that a pope appoint his own successor. The favorite of Felix
III/IV, he was not elected to the papacy immediately after Felix's death
in 530. When Dioscorus died twenty-two days after his election, Boniface
was voted into the papal office. In 531, Boniface called a council to
confirm the pope's right to choose his own successor and to confirm
Vigilius as his successor. A second council later that year overruled the
previous council's decisions. When Boniface died in 532, he was buried in
St. Peter's; John II succeeded him.
Karen Rae Keck
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