St. Boniface IV, Pope of Rome
A doctor's son from L'Aquila, Pope/Saint Boniface IV was deacon and
treasurer to St. Gregory the Great, and like his mentor, he turned his
house into a monastery. Boniface was elected pope in late 607 but was not
enthroned until September, 608, when his election was confirmed by Emperor
Phocas. The pope received from the emperor the Pantheon, which Boniface
made into a church devoted to the Mother of God and the martyrs. He also
moved relics from the catacombs into his new temple. St. Columbanus of
Bobbio rebuked the pope in 613 for inciting a schism in northern Italy
with his opposition to the Three Chapters. Boniface died in 615, and his
cult began during the reign of Boniface VIII.
Karen Rae Keck
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