John III, Pope of Rome
Elected to the papacy in 561, Catelinus, probably the son of a Roman
senator, took the name John. He may have been the translator of the
Sayings of the Elders and
may also have been the compiler of the
Exposition of the Heptateuch.
Little is known about his reign because
Lombards destroyed the records of it. In 571, John appealed to Narses, a
Byzantine general, for help against the invading Lombards. Since the
Romans blamed Narses for the invasion, John's action made him unpopular.
He hid in the catacombs until Narses died c. 573. John himself died about
a year later.
Karen Rae Keck
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