Stephen VII/VIII, Pope of Rome
Little about the life and papacy of Stephen is known. He was a
Roman and was the cardinal priest of St. Anastasia when he was
elected pope in 929, probably through the influence of Marozia,
an influential Roman senatrix whose family had controlled papal
elections during much of the IX and early X Centuries. She was
the mother of John XI and was responsible for deposing John X,
who was still alive at the time of Stephen's consecration.
Stephen is thought to have been active in the administration
of the church while he was a priest, and his few recorded papal
actions involve the granting of privileges to some monasteries
in France and Italy. Stephen may have been assassinated in 931.
Karen Rae Keck
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