Pope Adrian III

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Pope Saint
Adrian III
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Papacy began 17 May 884
Papacy ended 8 July 885
Predecessor Marinus I
Successor Stephen V
Personal details
Birth name ???
Born ???
Rome, Papal States
Died 8 July 885
Modena, Carolingian Empire
Feast day 8 July
Venerated in
Canonized 2 June 1891
Rome, Kingdom of Italy
by Pope Leo XIII
Attributes Papal vestments
Other popes named Adrian
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Pope Adrian III (Latin: Adrianus III; died July 885), was Pope from 17 May 884 to his death in 885.[1]


He was born at Rome. He died in July 885 at San Cesario sul Panaro (Modena) not long after embarking on a trip to Worms, in modern Germany. The purpose the journey was to attend an Imperial Diet after being summoned by the Frankish King Charles III, the Fat, to settle the succession to the Holy Roman Empire[2] and discuss the rising power of the Saracens. He is also known to have written a letter condemning the Christians of both Muslim-ruled and Christian-ruled parts of Spain for being too friendly with the Jews in these lands.[3]


His cult was confirmed in 1891, and his feast day is 8 July.[4]

His death and subsequent burial in the church of San Silvestro Nonantola Abbey near Modena[5] is commemorated in the sculpted reliefs (c. 1122) that frame the doorway of this church. His relics are found near the high altar here.

See also


  1. Wikisource-logo.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). [https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikisource.org%2Fwiki%2FCatholic_Encyclopedia_%281913%29%2FPope_St._Adrian_III "Pope St. Adrian III" ] Check |ws link in chapter= value (help). Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Richard P. McBrien, Lives of the Popes: The Pontiffs from St. Peter to John Paul II, (HarperCollins, 2000), 143.
  3. Bernard S. Bachrach (1 Jan 1977). Early Medieval Jewish Policy in Western Europe (reprint ed.). U of Minnesota Press. p. 190. ISBN 9780816608140.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Hadrian III, Francois Bougard, The Papacy: An Encyclopedia, Vol.2, ed. Philippe Levillain, (Routledge, 2002), 682
  5. Hadrian III, Francois Bougard, The Papacy: An Encyclopedia, Vol.2, 682.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Marinus I
Succeeded by
Stephen V