Stephen V/VI, Pope of Rome
Stephen was the cardinal priest of Saints Quattro Coronati
when he was elected pope in 885. He was consecrated without
imperial approval, and Charles III the Fat did not approve of
his election nor of his coronation without consent. Stephen was
able to show Charles' representatives that the king's ambassador
had helped him to gain his position. Stephen invited Charles to
Rome, but the emperor was deposed before he could accept. Stephen
refused to acknowledge Photios as Patriarch of Constantinople and
forbade the use of Slavonic in the Moravian church. When Saracens
threatened Rome, Stephen asked aid of Arnulf, who had deposed Charles,
but Stephen died (891) before military aid arrived.
Karen Rae Keck
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