Damasus II, Pope of Rome
Pope for 23 days in 1048, Damasus was born Poppo in Bavaria and was the
candidate of Henry III. The emperor had appointed Poppo bishop of Brixen
(now Bressanone, Italy) in 1040. In 1048, the emperor ousted Benedict IX
from Rome. Damasus died of a fever at Palestrina, where he had been
escaping the heat of the Roman summer.
Karen Rae Keck
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