Death of Pope Victor II

Death of Pope Victor II

Pope Victor II
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Victor II, the first pope after the final split between the western and eastern Christian churches, dies in Rome. As the fourth and final German pope to be nominated by Holy Roman Emperor Henry III, Pope Victor II has been primarily concerned with the threat of the Normans to take over Rome and the papal lands.

At this time people assume that the schism between the eastern and western churches is just one more disagreement in a long line of disagreements between West and East. Thus no one recognizes just how serious matters have actually become — including Pope Victor II, who doesn't make it a priority.

There are eight German popes over the course of the Catholic Church's history, but Victor II is one of only three who comes from the territory of modern-day Germany. The other two are Pope Clement II and Pope Benedict XVI.

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