September 13, 604
February 22, 606
February 22, 606) was popefrom 604 to 606.
He was born at
Blera(Bieda) near Viterboand was consecrated pope probably on September 13, 604.
He had been sent by
Pope Gregory Ias Apostolic " nuncio", to Constantinople, but he apparently was not entirely satisfactory in that office. He returned to Romein 597.
He incurred unpopularity by his unseasonable economies, although the "
Liber Pontificalis" states that he distributed grain during a famine at Rome under his pontificate. The erudite Italian Augustinian Onofrio Panvinio(1529-1568) in his "Epitome pontificum Romanorum" (Venice, 1557) attributes to him the introduction of the custom of ringing bells at the canonical hours and the celebration of the Eucharist.
During his reign, Sabinian was seen as a counterfoil to Gregory. Whereas Gregory distributed grain to the Roman populace as invasion loomed, Sabinian sold it for high prices (though this may be a later interpolation by Gregory's biographers). The "Liber Pontificalis" praises him for "filling the church with clergy," in contrast to Gregory who rose rapidly from simple monk to become bishop of Rome.
* Duff, Eamon. "Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes", Yale University Press, 2001, p. 72–73. ISBN 0300091656
* Maxwell-Stuart, P. G. "Chronicle of the Popes: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Papacy from St. Peter to the Present", Thames & Hudson, 2002, p. 54. ISBN 0500017980.
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