John II, Pope of Rome
Born Mercurius, John II was the first pope to change his name. Feeling
that his birth name was too pagan, Mercurius named himself after John I
when he was elected to the see of Rome in 533. John excommunicated the
Acoemeti, a group of Nestorian monks in Rome; his correspondence with
Justinian about the matter in included in the Code of Justinian. The pope
also corresponded with Caesarius of Arles about a bishop accused of
wrong-doing. John died in 535 and is buried at St. Peter's.
Karen Rae Keck
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