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John XIX
Papacy began May 1024
Papacy ended October 1032
Predecessor Pope Benedict VIII
Successor Pope Benedict IX
Personal details
Birth name Romanus
Died October 1032
Other Popes named John

Pope John XIX (Latin: Ioannes Undevicesimus;   -died October 1032), born Romanus, was an Italian bishop of the Roman Catholic Church and the 145th Pope from from 1024 to 1032.

Early life

Romanus was born in Rome to the noble Tusculum family. He was the brother of Pope Benedict VIII and the uncle of Pope Benedict IX.


Romanus was elected pope in 1024. His family used his money and influence to make Romanus the pope. This was called simony. He chose the name Pope John, and he is known as John XIX.

After his election, Pope John became a priest and a bishop.

John XIX is credited as the first pope to grant an indulgence.

His successor was his nephew, who became known as Benedict IX.

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