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Benedict V
Papacy began May 22 964
Papacy ended June 23 964
Predecessor John XII
Successor Leo VIII
Personal details
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Rome, Italy
Died July 4, 966
Hamburg, Germany
Other Popes named Benedict

Benedict V (born in Rome; died July 4 966), Pope in 964, was elected by the Romans on the death of Pope John XII (955–964). However the Roman Emperor Otto I (936–973) did not approve of the choice and had him deposed after only a month (according to contemporary sources, he validly consented and resigned), and the ex-Pope was carried off to Hamburg and was placed under the care of Adaldag, Archbishop of Hamburg-Bremen. There he became a deacon, dying in 966. He was first buried in the cathedral in Hamburg. At a later date his remains were transferred to Rome.

At the synod which deposed him the pastoral staff was broken over him by Pope Leo VIII (963–965); this is the first mention of the papal sceptre.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John XII
Succeeded by




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