Pope Benedict V


Pope Benedict V (Latin: Benedictus Quintus;   -died July 4, 965), was an Italian deacon of the Roman Catholic Church and the 133rd Pope for five weeks in 964.[1]

Benedict V
Papacy beganMay 14 964
Papacy endedJune 23 964
PredecessorPope John XII
SuccessorPope Leo VIII
Personal details
Birth nameBenedetto
Died(965-07-04)July 4, 965
Hamburg, Germany
Other popes named Benedict

Benedict was known as Grammaticus because of his learning.[2]

After the death of Pope John XII, Cardinal Benedetto was elected pope by the Romans in 964; but the Holy Roman Emperor, Otto I, did not approve.[3] Otto deposed Benedict who was then exiled.[4]

Otto forced Benedict to travel to Germany where he was placed under the care of Adaldag, Archbishop of Hamburg-Bremen.[2]

After his death


Benedict was buried in the cathedral in Hamburg. Later, his remains were transferred to Rome.[2]

Although his status was questioned during his lifetime, Benedict V is considered to part of the traditional list of popes.[5]



Emblem of the popes
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-02.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Pope Benedict V," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-3.
  3. "Benedict V", Encyclopedia Britannica (1910), Vol. 3, p. 718.
  4. "Benedict V", Encyclopedia Americana (1918), p. 504.
  5. Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. (1835). "Benedict V," Penny cyclopaedia, Vol. 4, p. 214; excerpt, "By several writers he is considered only as an intruder, but in the late Papal chronologies published in Italy we find him placed among the regular popes."

Other websites


  Media related to Benedictus V at Wikimedia Commons

  •   "Pope Benedict V" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
  • Catholic Hierarchy, Pope in sequence
  • Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, Cardinal Benedetto Archived 2011-05-01 at the Wayback Machine
Preceded by
John XII
Succeeded by