Pope Adrian III
|Papacy began||17 May 884|
|Papacy ended||July 885|
Rome, Papal States
Modena, Carolingian Empire
|Other popes named Adrian|
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Pope Adrian III
|Reference style||His Holiness|
|Spoken style||Your Holiness|
|Religious style||Holy Father|
|Saint Hadrian of Rome|
|Pope of Rome|
|Honored in||Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
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 Empire2 and discuss the rising power of the Saracens.
His cult was confirmed in 1891, and his feast day is 8 July.3
His death and subsequent burial in the church of San Silvestro Nonantola Abbey near Modena4 is commemorated in the sculpted reliefs (c. 1122) that frame the doorway of this church. His relics are found near the high altar here.
- "Pope St. Adrian III". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
- Richard P. McBrien, Lives of the Popes: The Pontiffs from St. Peter to John Paul II, (HarperCollins, 2000), 143.
- Hadrian III, Francois Bougard, The Papacy: An Encyclopedia, Vol.2, ed. Philippe Levillain, (Routledge, 2002), 682
- Hadrian III, Francois Bougard, The Papacy: An Encyclopedia, Vol.2, 682.
- 9th edition (1880s) of the Encyclopædia Britannica
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