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CountryPapal States
From3 August 1057
To29 March 1058
Personal InformationPope Stephen IX (1020 - 1058)
Description

Pope Stephen IX (Latin: Stephanus IX) reigned from 3 August 1057 to his death in 1058.

Christened Frederick, he was a younger brother of Godfrey III, Duke of Lower Lorraine, and part of the Ardennes-Verdun dynasty that would play a prominent role in the politics of the period, which included their strong ties to the abbey of St. Vanne.

Frederick would initially be archdeacon of a cathedral church in Liege called St. Lambert and later became abbot of Monte Cassino. He was raised to the cardinalate by Pope Victor II and, for some time, discharged the function of papal legate at Constantinople. Five days after the death of Pope Victor II, he was chosen to succeed him as Pope Stephen IX. He enforced the policies of the Gregorian Reform as to clerical celibacy, was planning for the expulsion of the Normans from Italy and the elevation of his brother to the imperial throne, when he was seized by a severe illness, from which he only partially and temporarily recovered.

Stephen IX died at Florence on 29 March 1058 and is considered by the current-day Catholic Church to have been succeeded by Pope Nicholas II, though others consider his successor to be Pope Benedict X, officially regarded as an antipope.

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