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born Théophylacte DE TUSCULUM

Pope on three occasions between October 1032 and July 1048

Source :  Jacques CHANIS

Born: in 1012 in Latium, Italie
Died: on December 31, 1055 in Grottaferrata, Italie


Benedict was the son of Alberic III, Count of Tusculum, and was a nephew of Pope Benedict VIII and Pope John XIX. His father obtained the Papal chair for him, granting it to his son in October 1032.

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia and other sources, Benedict IX was when made pontiff, around 11 or 12. He reportedly led an extremely dissolute life and allegedly had few qualifications for the papacy other than connections with a socially powerful family. In terms of theology and the ordinary activities of the Church he was entirely orthodox.

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