Popes of the eighth century, IN ORDER

Popes of the Eighth Century
Pope Number Reigned Birthplace Notes
Sergius I 84 Dec 15 687 – Sep 8 701 Sicily Introduced the singing of the Lamb of God at mass in response to a prohibition imposed by the Quinisext Council.*
John VI 85 Oct 30 701 – Jan 11 705 Greece Persuaded Gisulf the Lombard duke of Benevento to withdraw from the territories of the eastern empire he had conquered.
John VII 86 Mar 1 705 – Oct 18 707 Calabria The second pope to bear the same name as his immediate predecessor. He also did not support the Quinisext canons.*
Sissinius 87 Jan 15 708 – Feb 4 708 Syria Only four popes have had shorter reigns.
Constantine 88 Mar 25 708 – Apr 9 715 Syria Last pope to visit Greece while in office until John Paul II in 2001.
Gregory II 89 May 19 715 – Feb 11 731 Rome Feast day 11 February. Held the Synod of Rome (721). Send Boniface to Germany. Mediated between Byzantine and Lombard forces during their battles. Fought against the Eastern Emperor in the Iconoclast controversy.
Gregory III 90 Mar 18 731 – Nov 28 741 Syria The third pope to bear the same name as his immediate predecessor. Was previously the last pope to have been born outside Europe until the election of Francis in 2013.
Zachary 91 Dec 3 741 – Mar 22 752 Calabria Feast day 15 March. Built the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva.
Pope Elect Stephen never consecrated Mar 23 752 – Mar 25 752 unknown Sometimes known as Stephen II. Died three days after his election; never receiving episcopal consecration. Some lists still include him. The Vatican sanctioned his addition in the sixteenth century; removed in 1961. He is no longer considered a pope by the Catholic Church.
Stephen II 92 Mar 26 752 – Apr 26 757 Rome Sometimes called Stephen III. The Donation of Pepin.
Paul I 93 May 29 757 – June 28 767 Rome
Stephen III 94 Aug 7 768 – Jan 24 772 Sicily Sometimes called Stephen IV. The Lateran Council (769).
Adrian I 95 Feb 1 772 – Dec 26 795 Rome
Leo III 96 Dec 26 795 – Jun 12 816 Rome Crowned Charlemagne Imperator Augustus on Christmas Day in the year 800. Initiated what would become the office of Holy Roman Emperor requiring the imprimatur of the pope for its legitimacy.

* The Quinisext council was held in Byzantium in 692 and attended by bishops of the Eastern Empire. The goal was to eliminate differences between the Eastern and Western churches, but since it was an exclusively Eastern affair the results were a little one-sided.

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