Pope Stephen III
English name=Stephen III
August 7, 768
January 24, 772
Pope Stephen III, (720 –
January 24, 772), pope August 1or August 7, 768– January 24, 772, was a native of Sicily.
He came to Rome during the pontificate of Gregory III and gradually rose to high office in the service of successive popes.
After the deposition of Antipopes Constantine II and Philip, Stephen was chosen to succeed him. Fragmentary records are preserved of the council (April 769) at which the degradation of Constantine was completed, certain new arrangements for papal elections made, and the practice of devotion to
icons confirmed (see iconoclasm). The politics of Stephen's reign are obscure, but he inclined to alliance between the Papacyand the Lombardsrather than to the Franks. He was succeeded by Adrian I.
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