Today in Papal History, the 110th pope of the Roman Catholic Church – Pope Stephen V (VI) – died after a 6-year reign.
Stephen, who immediately preceded Pope Formosus of Cadaver Synod fame, had been elected to follow Pope Adrian III, who ended up being canonized literally 1000 years later (by Leo XIII in 1891).
Apparently the Roman clergy and citizens wanted two holy guys in a row, so Stephen ended up getting the nod.
Late-9th Century Rome was a pretty depressing place. Although Stephen’s family was wealthy and were members of the Roman aristocracy, famine, the neglect of infrastructure, and a literal plague of locusts were hitting the Eternal City by the time of his election, so he largely spent his years feeding the poor, ransoming slaves, and restoring Rome’s churches.
And what’s more, he did it with family money, because the papal treasury was bare.
There’s relatively little else of note about…