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John XIV
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Papacy began December, 983
Papacy ended August 20, 984
Predecessor Benedict VII
Successor John XV
Personal details
Birth name Pietro Canepanova
Born ???
Pavia, Italy
Died August 20, 984
Rome, Papal States, Holy Roman Empire
Other Popes named John

John XIV (died August 20, 984) was Pope from December, 983 to August 20, 984, successor to Pope Benedict VII (974–983)

He was born at Pavia, and before his elevation to the papal chair was imperial chancellor of Emperor Otto II (973–983), and was the latter's second choice.

His original name was Pietro Canepanova, but he took the name John XIV to avoid being linked to St. Peter himself.

Otto II died shortly after his election; his heir, Otto III (983–1002), being only 3 years old. Antipope Boniface VII (974, 984–985), on the strength of the popular feeling against the new Pope, returned from Constantinople and placed John XIV in prison, in Castel Sant'Angelo, where he died either by starvation or poison.

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Benedict VII
Pope
983–984
Succeeded by
John XV

This article incorporates text from the Encyclopædia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain.

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