Pope Gregory II
English name=Gregory II
May 19, 715
February 11, 731
Rome, Italy. Location of tomb has since been lost.
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Pope Saint Gregory II served as
popefrom May 19, 715to his death on February 11, 731, succeeding Pope Constantine. Having, it is said, bought off the Lombardsfor thirty pounds of gold, he used the tranquillity thus obtained for vigorous missionary efforts among the Germanic tribes, and for strengthening the papal authority in the churches of Britain and Ireland. By excommunicating the Byzantine emperor Leo III the Isaurian, he prepared the way for a long series of revolts and civil wars, which tended greatly to the establishment of the temporal power of the popes. He died in 731, and subsequently attained the honour of canonization. The day that Gregory is remembered in the "Martyrology" seems to be any one of February 11th, February 13th, and February 28th.
Gregory II was an alleged collateral ancestor to the Roman
Savellifamily, according to a 15th century chronicler, but this is undocumented and very likely unreliable. The same was said of Benedict II, but nothing certain is known about a kinship between the two popes.
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