Constantine I, Pope of Rome
Born in Syria, Constantine was a subdeacon to Pope Agatho and a papal
representative to the Sixth Ecumenical Council (680-681) before his
election to the papacy in 708. From 710-711, Constantine met with
Justinian II in Nicomedia to discuss the canons of the Quintisext Council
(692), which many Romans perceived as unfavorable to the church in Rome.
The pope refused to accept monothelitism and had the emperor's image
removed from local churches. Constantine also omitted Justinian's name
from public prayers and documents. Battles raged when the exarch of
Ravenna tried to restore the emperor's name and image. In 713, Emperor
Anastasius II restored Orthodox teaching in the empire. Constantine died
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