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Pope Stephen II

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Stephen II was elected pope in March of 752.

The Vatican does not consider Stephen II as a pope (and, in 1959, deleted his name from its official list of popes), but many historians do. Stephen II was elected on the death of his predecessor Pope Zacharias on or about March 23, 752. Three days later he died of apoplexy, and was never consecrated. Because not all list-makers count him as having been pope, there exists an awkward nomenclature for later popes who chose the name Stephen. Later Stephens are sometimes numbered with parentheses, e.g., his immediate successor (in name) is denoted either Stephen (II) III, or Stephen II (III).


Preceded by:
Saint Zacharias
Pope
752
Succeeded by:
Stephen III

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