Death of Pope Marinus I

Death of Pope Marinus I

Pope Marinus I
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Pope Marinus I dies. The election of Marinus to the papacy was controversial because he was already Bishop of Caere.

At the time, bishops didn't move around to different areas: once one became a bishop, one stayed to lead one's flock. Being named bishop of Rome and so moving to a new flock was not readily accepted by everyone.

On the other hand, Marinus I was probably chosen despite that problem because of his extensive diplomatic experience. He had served as a papal envoy to Constantinople under three previous popes, which put him in an unusually good position to keep the peace as pope himself.

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