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Leo VI, Pope

LEO VI, POPE

Pontificate: May or June 928 to Dec. 928 or Jan. 929;b. Rome. The son of the primicerius Christopher, he was a priest of St. Susanna at the time of his promotion. He was elected by marozia and her party and succeeded to the papacy at the deposition of Pope john x, who died in prison in the castel sant 'angelo. Almost nothing is known of his brief pontificate. He seems to have followed the policy of his predecessor, and one surviving bull was directed to the bishops of Dalmatia, ordering them to obey their archbishop, John of Spalato, to whom Leo had granted the pallium.

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