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Name:
Pope Formosus
Preceded by: Stephen VI (V) (885 - 891)
Succeeded by: Boniface VI (896)
Roman Catholic Pope #112

Dates:
Born: c. 816 (Italy)
Died: April 4, 896
Pope: October 6, 891 - April 4, 896 (4 years)

Biography:
Pope Formosus (whose name means "good looking") was unusually controversial - although many of the problems occurred after his death. Six months after he had died, his successor Stephen VI had his body dug up and put on trial; found guilty, it was stripped of the papal vestments and the fingers used by Formosus to bless others were removed. The body was drug through the streets and dumped in the Tiber river. Pope Sergius III later confirmed the decisions reached by this "Cadaver Synod," but Pope John XI reinstated Formosus about 40 years after his posthumous deposition.

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