(1) 1. PIETRO, O.S.B. (ca. 970-1012)
Birth. Ca. 970, Rome. Son of Pietro, a shoemaker, and Stefania; the family lived in the ninth region of Rome, called Ad Pinea. His name is also listed as Pietro Martino and as Martino Pietro; his nickname, Boccapecora, under which he is also listed, means pig's snout; other forms of the nickname are Boccadiporco, Bocca di porco and Bucca Porci.
Education. Entered the Order of Saint Benedict (Benedictines).
Priesthood. Ordained (no further information found).
Cardinalate. Bishop cardinalis of Albano in 1004. Consecrated (no information found).
Papacy. Elected pope on July 31, 1009 ; the election was influenced by the Crescenzi family, then in control of the government of Rome through Giovanni II, senatus romani patricius. Took the name Sergius IV; he changed his name from Peter out of respect for the first pope, the Apostle Peter. He was consecrated the following July. He maintained a friendly relationship with Emperor Heinrich II and sent envoys to the consecration of the cathedral of Bamberg in April. 1012; and also ratified the privileges that Pope John XVIII had awarded the city of Bamberg. He erected a cenotaph in the Lateran basilica in honor of his predecessor Pope Sylvester II. He created ten cardinals in two promotions.
Death. May 12, 1012 (2), possibly murdered, Rome (3). Buried in the Lateran Basilica, Rome, usta fores ecclesiae, near the left entrance; his tomb was destroyed in the fire of either 1308 or 1361; the burnt remains were collected and buried in a polyandrum near the lesser door of the basilica, at the entrance near the tomb of Pope Innocent III, on the right side of the nave. A cenotaph located by the fourth pillar in the intermediate nave by famed sculptor Francesco Borromini exists; it has an undated and very praiseful epitaph, which records the pontiff's prudence, piety and generosity toward the poor (4).
Sainthood. He is inscribed in the Benedictine Menology, a listing of saints, with brief biographies, arranged in calendar order.
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Webgraphy. Biography by Antonio Sennis, in Italian, Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani - Volume 92 (2018), Treccani; biography by Horace Mann, in English, The Catholic Encyclopedia; biography, in English, Encyclopaedia Britannica; his image and biography, in English, Wikipedia; biography, in English; biography, in German; biography, in Italian, Wikipedia; his engraving, Bildarchiv Austria, Die Bildplattform der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek; his engraving, Bildarchiv Austria. Die Bildplattform der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek; his engraving, Bildarchiv Austria, Die Bildplattform der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek; his statue, cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, Sarzana, Italy; another vie of the same statue, flickr,com; his image and cenotaph by Francesco Borromini, patriarchal Lateran basilica, Rome, Find a Grave; another image of his cenotaph.
(1) This is according to all the sources consulted except "Essai de liste générale des cardinaux. Les cardinaux du XIè siècle". Annuaire Pontifical
Catholique 1927, p. 130, no. 1; and Regesta pontificum Romanorum ab condita ecclesia : ad annum post Christum natum MCXCVIII, I, 504, which say that he was
elected on June 20, 1009, and consecrated the following July.
(2) This is according to all the sources consulted except "Essai de liste générale des cardinaux. Les cardinaux du XIè siècle". Annuaire Pontifical Catholique 1927, p. 130, no. 1; and Regesta pontificum Romanorum ab condita ecclesia : ad annum post Christum natum MCXCVIII, I, 504, which say, which says that he died between June 17 and 22, 1012; and "Essai" adds that he was buried at either the Lateran or the Vatican basilica.
(3) According to Kelly, The Oxford Dictionary of Popes, p. 139: "The disappearance of both Sergius and Crescentius from the scene within less than a week of each other (12 and 18 May), the violent political upheaval which took place in Rome at the time, and the immediate election of a pope of the rival Tusculan family have given rise to the suspicion that neither man may have died a natural death."
(4) Text of his epitaph, taken from a photograph in Sennis, "Sergio IV," Enciclopedia dei papi, II, 128:
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