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Pope Gregory VI
Papacy began1 May 1045
Papacy ended20 December 1046
PredecessorBenedict IX
SuccessorClement II
Created Cardinal1012
Personal details
Birth nameJohannes Gratianus
BornRome, Papal States, Holy Roman Empire
Cologne (most likely), Germany, Holy Roman Empire

Pope Gregory VI (Latin: Gregorius Sextus; died 1048), born Johannes Gratianus, was an Italian priest of the Roman Catholic Church and the 149th Pope from 1 May 1045 until his abdication on 20 December 1046.[1]

Early life

Johannes Gratianus was born in Rome, but the date of his birth is not known.[2]


Gratianus became pope in 1045; and he took the name Gregory. There was a problem in the way he became pope.[2]

Gregory VI willingly resigned; and then he retired to a monastery.[3]

Hildebrand was the papal chaplain. This priest stayed with the former pope until his death in Cologne.[4]

Related pages


Emblem of the popes
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2013-3-21.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Pope Gregory VI," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2013-3-21.
  3. Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. (1838). "Gregory VI," Penny cyclopaedia, Vol. 11, p. 444.
  4. "Pope St. Gregory VII," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2013-3-21.

Other websites

Media related to Gregorius VI at Wikimedia Commons

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Benedict IX
Succeeded by
Clement II