Death of Paschal III, Italian Antipope Who Canonized Charlemagne Hot

Death of Paschal III, Italian Antipope Who Canonized Charlemagne


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Italian antipope Paschal III dies. Born Guido of Crema, he was the second of three antipopes who have been challenging the reign of Pope Alexander III with the support of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa.

Antipope Paschal III succeeded Victor IV and will be succeeded by Calixtus III.

His most significant act as antipope was canonizing Charlemagne, an act generally regarded as motivated by a desire to curry even more favor with Frederick Barbarossa. The Third Council of the Lateran will nullify all of the acts of Antipope Paschal III, so the Catholic Church will never formally recognize Charlemange as a saint.

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