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Gregory II of Rome

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==Life==
Gregory was born in Rome of his parents Marcellus and Honesta, but the date of his birth is unknown. It may be about 670. At an early age Gregory showed an interest in church affairs. He attended the "school cantorum." He appointed a [[Minor orders|sub-deacon]] and ''sacellarius'' (treasurer) for the [[Church of Rome]] by Pope [[Sergius Iof Rome|Sergius I]], who reigned from 687 to 701. As a [[deacon]] Gregory accompanied Pope Constantine to Constantinople for his meeting with emperor [[Justinian II]].
After the death of Pope Constantine, Gregory was chosen his successor on [[May 19]], 715. After becoming pope, Gregory instituted a program of rebuilding the walls around Rome, in the face of attacks by the Lombards and fear of raids by the Saracens who were quickly assuming control of the Mediterranean Sea. He encouraged Charles Martel in his labors in the defense of Gaul against the [[Muslim]]s.
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before=[[Constantineof Rome|Constantine]]|
title=[[List of the Popes of the Church of Rome|Pope of Rome]]|
years= 715-731|
[[Category: Bishops]]
[[Category:8th-century bishops]]
[[Category: Popes of Rome]]
[[Category: Saints]]
[[Category:Latin Italian Saints of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome]][[Category:Pre-Schism Western Saints]][[Category:8th-century saints]] [[ro:Grigorie al II-lea al Romei]]
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