Boniface V, Pope of Rome
Born in Naples, Boniface V was elected to the papacy in 618; however, he
was not enthroned until 619, when Emperor Heraclius delegated the
confirmation of papal elections to the exarch of Ravenna. An excellent
organizer, Boniface reorganized the Italian states after a series of wars,
and he made ecclesiastical laws about behests conform to similar civil
laws. Boniface established churches as places of asylum and encouraged the
growth of Christianity in Northumbria. During his reign, Muhammad
proclaimed Islam, and Emperor Heraclius fought the Persians, who had
conquered the Holy Land. Boniface died in 625.
Karen Rae Keck
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