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Benedict VIII
Papacy began May 18, 1012
Papacy ended April 9, 1024
Predecessor Pope Sergius IV
Successor Pope John XIX
Personal details
Birth name Teofillato (Theophylactus)
Born Rome
Died April 9, 1024(1024-04-09)
Rome
Other Popes named Benedict

Pope Benedict VIII (Latin: Benedictus Octavus;   –died April 9, 1024), born Teofillato or Theophylactus, was an Italian cleric of the Roman Catholic Church and the 144th Pope from 1012 to 1024.

Early life

Teofillato was the son of Gregory, Count of Tusculum. He was the brother of Pope John XIX. He was related to Pope Sergius IV and the Conti family.

Pope

Teofillato was a layman before he was elected pope in 1012.

Benedict was supported by King Henry II of Saxony. Benedict crowned Henry Holy Roman Emperor in 1014.

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