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Popes of the Catholic Church

Marinus I (882-84)

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Also known as: Pope Martin II

Profile: Papal legate to the Council of Constantinople in 869, representing Pope Adrian II while still a deacon. Bishop of Crere. Vatican treasurer. Archdeacon. Chosen 108th pope in 882. He condemned Photius. Due to regard for King Alfred, he freed the Anglo-Saxons in Rome from tax and tribute. Due to the similarity between the names Marinus and Martinus some historians called him Pope Martin II.

Born: at Gallese, Italy

Papal Ascension: 882

Died: 884 at Rome, Italy of natural causes

Reigned from 882 to 884. Born in Gallese, Italy; died in Rome, Italy. While a deacon he was sent by Adrian II as legate to the Council of Constantinople (869). Later he was made bishop of Crere (Cervetri) treasurer of the Holy See, and archdeacon. He condemned Photius, bestowed the pallium on archbishop Fulk of Rheims, and out of regard for King Alfred freed the Anglo-Saxon head-quarters at Rome from all tax and tribute. Owing to the similarity between the names Marinus and Martinus some historians call the two popes Marinus respectively Martin II and III, and the successor of Nicholas III called himself Martin IV. See also: patron saints index.

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