POPE CLEMENT II, ANOTHER ASSASSINATED POPE?

Suidger von Morsleben was born in Hornburg, Saxony (Germany) around 967. His parents were Count Konrad of Hornburg and his wife, Amilrad. Young Suidger went to Halberstadt to study and became a canon. In 1032, he became the chaplain for Archbishop Hermann of...

Pope Sylvester III: The Temporary Pope

There was once a time when distant cousins vied for the papacy. This was no small family squabble. This included major politics and murder. The two families were the Crescenti and the Tusculum counts. Giovanni de Crescenti-Ottaviani was born in about 1000, while his...

Pope Benedict IX: Three Time Pope

It was “all in the family” for the Tusculum counts. Brothers, Popes Benedict VIII and John XIX, ruled twenty years between them before dying. There was one brother left and he was filthy rich and very powerful. Wanting to keep the papacy in the family, he...

POPE JOHN XVIII: THE SECOND ABDICATION

Giovanni Fasano was born into a priest’s family in Rome in the mid-900s. It was a time of extreme control of the Catholic Church by politicians, especially the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire and the Kingdom of Italy. John XVII died and Fasano, the pastor of St....