The 77th Pope
Pope Adeodatus II, the 77th Pope
Pope Adeodatus II (672-676) – There is a paucity of information regarding the four years of the reign of this elderly monk elected pope in 672. Coming from a monastic background, he concerned himself with the task of improving monastic discipline. As with his immediate predecessors, the problem of Monothelitism (only one will and two natures in Christ) was ever present. He did reject tracts regarding the faith presented to him by the Monothelite patriarch of Constantinople, Constantine I.
Pope Adeodatus was reputed to be a person of great kindness toward the needs of the poor, the pilgrims visiting Rome, and of his own clergy.
Pope Adeodatus is buried in the Basilica of Saint Peter.