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Pope John XIII

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John XIII (born in Rome; died September 6, 972) served as Pope from October 1, 965 until his death in 972.

He spent his career in the papal court. He was elected pope five months after the death of Leo VIII, as a compromise candidate, with the agreement of Emperor Otto I. John's behaviour and foreign backing made him disliked in Rome. There was a revolt resulting in his temporary banishment occurring in December 965, John only returning in November 966.

After John's restoration he worked with Otto on ecclesiastical improvements, including the creation of the Archbishopric of Magdeburg. He also developed other archbishoprics in southern Italy, reducing the influence of the Byzantine Empire and Eastern Orthodox Church there.

On Christmas 967, John crowned Otto I's son Otto II as co-emperor. Otto II was afterwards married to the niece of the Byzantine Emperor John I Tzimisces, as part of the ongoing attempt to reconcile Eastern and Western Churches. John created new Latin archbishoprics in southern Italy, thus reducing the influence of the Eastern Orthodox church, as well as the Byzantine Empire.



Preceded by:
Benedict V
Pope
965–972
Succeeded by:
Benedict VI

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