Tag Archive: Formosus

Pope Formosus; Died 04 April 896

Formosus was born in 816 but little is known of his upbringing. He became the Cardinal Bishop of Porto, Italy in 864. Formosus was excommunicated in July 872 on the charges of deserting his diocese without papal permission, aspiring to the position of Archbishop of Bulgaria and despoiling the cloisters of Rome. His excommunication was…

MAP#36 – Popes Behaving Badly

St Peter struck by lightning

The Pope, the Bishop of Rome, successor of Saint Peter and leader of the Catholic Church. Pious men aspire to the chair and humbly accept the position. At least that’s what we’d like to believe. But not all popes were righteous men, some weren’t even Christian! In this episode of the Medieval Archives Podcast we…