Election of Pope Paul I

Election of Pope Paul I

Pope Paul I
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Paul I is elected pope. The younger brother of his immediate predecessor, Pope Stephen III, he is chosen because a majority of those voting want to see Stephen's policies continued and Paul, having worked closely with Stephen, can be relied upon to do just that.

One of the biggest issues facing Pope Paul I will be the deteriorating relationship between the western churches and Constantinople, especially with regards to the Iconoclastic Controversy. Emperor Constantine V had called a council which denounced the veneration of icons, resulting in a flood of refugees to the west whom Paul will welcome.

This did not endear Pope Paul I to Constantine, who in turn will try to get Frankish king Pepin the Younger to adopt iconoclasm and support the Lombards against the papal states. Fortunately for Paul I, this does not succeed.

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