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Pope Stephen VI (V)
Preceded by: St. Adrian III (884 - 885)
Succeeded by: Formosus (891 - 896)
Roman Catholic Pope #111

Born: ? (Rome, Italy)
Died: September 14, 885
Pope: September, 885 - September 14, 891 (c. 6 years)

Stephen was elected unanimously but emperor Charles had not been consulted; as a result, Stephen faced the very real possibility of being deposed. Fortunately for him, Charlemagne's empire was falling apart and Charles was in no position to do anything about Stephen. Once Charles died, Stephen tried to rely on the support of various and weak princes to protect Rome. They proved too unreliable, though, so Stephen turned to Constantinople - especially once the Saracen raids increased.

When it came to internal church matters, Stephen made the fatal mistake of forbidding the Slavs to use a Slavonic liturgy during their services. This infuriated them and, as a result, they were driven towards the Eastern Church and Eastern Orthodox Christianity rather than Western Roman Catholicism.

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