Pope Boniface II

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Boniface II
Papacy began 17 September 530
Papacy ended 17 October 532
Predecessor Felix IV
Successor John II
Personal details
Died 17 October 532
Other popes named Boniface

Pope Boniface II (Latin: Bonifatius II; died 17 October 532) reigned from 17 September 530 to his death in 532.[1]

He was by birth an Ostrogoth, the first Germanic pope, and he owed his appointment to the influence of the Gothic king Athalaric. Boniface was chosen by his predecessor, Pope Felix IV, who had been a strong adherent of the Arian king, and was never elected. For a time, Boniface served as pope in competition with Dioscorus, who had been elected by most of the priests of Rome. Boniface and Dioscorus were both consecrated in Rome on 22 September 530, but Dioscurus died only twenty-two days later.[1] Boniface was buried in St. Peter's on 17 October 532.[1]

Roman Calendar

Boniface changed the numbering of the years in the Julian Calendar from Ab Urbe Condita to Anno Domini.


  1. 1 2 3  Peterson, John Bertram (1913). "Pope Boniface II". In Herbermann, Charles. Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
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Preceded by
Felix IV
Succeeded by
John II

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