Christopher, Pope or Antipope of Rome
The leader of the coup that ousted Pope Leo V, Christopher is now
generally considered to have been an anti-pope. Born in Rome, he was the
cardinal priest of St. Damasus when his party, which supported Pope
Formosus, took the papal throne in September of 903. The following
January, Sergius III was reinstated as pope. He is thought to have ordered
both Christopher and Leo strangled, although one contemporary says that
Christopher was degraded to a monk and spent his last days in a monastery.
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