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Pope John VI

Pope John VI can also refer to Pope John VI of Alexandria.
John VI
Papacy began 30 October 701
Papacy ended 11 January 705
Predecessor Sergius I
Successor John VII
Personal details
Birth name ???
Born 655
Ephesus, Asia Minor, Byzantine Empire
Died 11 January 705
Rome, Byzantine Empire
Other popes named John

Pope John VI ([3]


During his reign, he assisted the Exarch Theophylactos, who had been sent to Italy by the emperor Tiberius III (II) Apsimar,[4] and prevented him from using violence against the Romans. John VI's interventions prevented Theophylactos from being injured, having come to Rome to "cause trouble for the pontiff".[5]

Aside from this, he also succeeded in inducing Gisulf, the Lombard duke of Benevento, to withdraw from the territories of the empire, through tactics of persuasion and bribery. According to some sources, he "single-handedly convinced the Lombard duke Gisulf of Benevento to withdraw his forces and return home" after the duke had devastated the neighboring Campanian countryside and constructed an encampment within sight of the city walls of Rome.[6]

Other significant events during John VI's pontificate include the Lombard king Aripert II returning the Cottian Alps to their former status as a papal patrimony.[6] Numerous construction projects also occurred, including new ambon in the Basilica of St. Andrew the Apostle, a new altar cloth for San Marco, and "suspended diaphonous white veils between the columns on either side of the altar in San Paolo.[6] John VI also promoted easterners within the episcopal hierarchy, including Boniface, the papal counselor.[7]

In 704, after the 70-year-old Saint [3][7]


  1. ^  "Pope John VI".  
  2. ^ a b Ekonomou, 2007, p. 246.
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ M. Benedik: Papeži od Petra do Janeza Pavla II., Mohorjeva družba Celje 1989. Page 69.
  5. ^ Ekonomou, 2007, p. 270.
  6. ^ a b c Ekonomou, 2007, p. 248.
  7. ^ a b c d Ekonomou, 2007, p. 245.


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Sergius I
Succeeded by
John VII
  • Ekonomou, Andrew J. 2007. Byzantine Rome and the Greek Popes: Eastern influences on Rome and the papacy from Gregory the Great to Zacharias, A.D. 590–752. Lexington Books.


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