Spirituality for Today – August 2016 – Volume 21, Issue 1

The 120th Pope
Anastasius III

An image of Pope Anastasius III, the 120th PopePope Anastasius III, the 120th Pope

Pope Anastasius III (911-913) – He would reign as pope for only two years and, as expected, there is little recorded regarding his term as pope. The domination of the noble family of Theophylact overshadowed this and other successive popes as well. One position held by the head of that family was that of financial director of the Holy See. It is noted that he consecrated a bishop and that apparently, he concurred with his predecessor, Pope Segius regarding the marriage (his fourth) of Emperor Leo VI. This stand caused a renewed rift between the pope and the patriarch of Constantinople.

At his death, he was interred in the Basilica of Saint Peter.

Habemus papam