Spirituality for Today – Summer 2017 – Volume 21, Issue 5

The 126th Pope
Pope Leo VII

An image of Pope Leo VII, the 126th Pope

Pope Leo VII (936–939) – Rome's ruler, Alberic II, offered Leo as his candidate for election and would function under the shadow of Alberic during his papcy. Pope Leo promoted monasticism within Rome and invited the abbot of Cluny, Odo, to come to Rome and address reform of the city's monasteries. The pope reached beyond the city in caring for the monasteries and the religious life within them.

Around 937, he had a moral slip when he promoted the expelling of any member of the Jewish population of Mainz who refused to accept baptism.

Pope Leo VII is buried in the basilica of Saint Peter.

Habemus papam