John XV, Pope of Rome
The son of a priest named Leo, John was elected pope in 985 with the
support of Count Crescentius II. Six years later, he sent his legate to
mediate between King Ethelred II of England and Duke Richard of Normandy,
and in 992, he accepted the vassalage of Duke Mieszko I of Poland. John
had a falling out with his patron ten years after his election to the see
of Rome; the pope fled to Sutri and asked Emperor Otto III to help him.
John died in 996 before Otto could do anything for him.
John was the first pope to canonize a saint by papal bull, and St. Ulrich
of Augsberg was the first saint so canonized.
Karen Rae Keck
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