|Pope Pelagius II|
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 7-Feb-590 AD
Location of death: Rome, Italy
Cause of death: Bubonic Plague
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Executive summary: Roman Catholic Pope, 579-90
Pelagius II, a native of Rome, but of Gothic descent, was Roman Catholic Pope from 579 to 590, having been consecrated successor of Benedict I, without the sanction of the emperor, on the 26th of November. To make his apologies for this irregularity he sent Deacon Gregory, who afterwards became Pope Gregory the Great, as his apocrisiarius to Constantinople. In 585 he sought to heal the schism which had subsisted since the time of Pope Pelagius I in connection with the Three Chapters, but his efforts were without success. In 588 John, patriarch of Constantinople, by reviving the old and disputed claim to the title of oecumenic patriarch, elicited a vigorous protest from Pelagius; but the decretal which professes to convey the exact words of the document is now known to be false. He died in January 590, and was succeeded by Gregory I.
Roman Catholic Pope 26-Nov-579 to 7-Feb-590 AD
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