The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church

Biographical Dictionary
Pope John XII (955-964)
960 (II)


(2) 1. SICCONE (?-?)

Birth. (No date or place found). He is also listed as Sico, Sicco and Sicon.

Education. (No information found).

Cardinalate. Bishop cardinalis of Ostia in 960. Consecrated (no information found). Participated in the Roman Council of November 6, 963, in which Pope John XII was deposed. He was one of the consecrators of Antipope Leo VIII on December 6, 963; the others were Cardinals Benedetto, bishop of Porto; and Gregorio, bishop of Albano. He was anathematized and deprived of his cardinalitial dignity by Pope John XII in the Roman Council of February 26, 964. His episcopate ceased in 965. Antipope Leo VIII restored his cardinalate.

Death. (No date or place found). Buried (no information found).

Bibliography. Cardella, Lorenzo. Memorie storiche de' cardinali della Santa Romana Chiesa. Rome : Stamperia Pagliarini, 1792, I, pt. 1, 79-80; Chacón, Alfonso. Vitæ, et res gestæ Pontificum Romanorum : et S.R.E. Cardinalium ab initio nascentis Ecclesiae usque ad Clementem IX P. O. M. Alphonsi Ciaconii Ord. Praed. & aliorum opera descriptæ : cum uberrimis notis. Ab Augustino Oldoino, Soc. Jesu recognitae, et ad quatuor tomos ingenti ubique rerum accessione productae. Additis Pontificum recentiorum imaginibus, & Cardinalium insignibus, plurimisque aeneis figuris, cum indicibus locupletissimis. Romæ : P. et A. De Rubeis, 1677, I, col. 720, no. 19; Cristofori, Francesco. Cronotasi dei cardinali di Santa Romana Chiesa. Rome : Tipografia de Propaganda Fide, 1888, p. 1; "Essai de liste générale des cardinaux. Les cardinaux des 10 premiers siècles". Annuaire Pontifical Catholique 1926. Paris : Maison de la Bonne Presse, 1927, p. 157, no. 2; Gams, Pius Bonifatius. Series episcoporum Ecclesiae catholicae. 3 v. in 1. Graz : Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, 1957, p. IV; Liudprand, Bishop of Cremona, d. ca. 972; Chiesa, Paolo. Liudprandi Cremonensis Antapodosis ; Homelia paschalis ; Historia Ottonis ; Relatio de Legatione Constantinopolitana. Turnholti : Brepols, 1998. (Corpus Christianorum ; Continuatio Mediaevalis ; 156). Other titles: Antapodosis ; Homelia paschalis ; Historia Ottonis ; Relatio de Legatione Constantinopolitana; Homelia paschalis; Historia Ottonis; Relatio de Legatione Constantinopolitana. Responsibility: cura et studio P. Chiesa, p. 173-174; Monumenta Germaniae Historica (MGH). Leges. Constitutiones et acta publica imperatorum et regum (Const.), 1 (911-1197), Appendix I, p. 532.536.

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(3) 2. BENEDETTO (?-969)

Birth. (No date or place found).

Education. (No information found).

Cardinalate. Bishop cardinalis of Porto in 960. Consecrated (no information found). Participated in the Roman Council of November 6, 963, in which Pope John XII was deposed. He was one of the consecrators of Antipope Leo VIII on December 6, 963; the others were Cardinals Siccone, bishop of Ostia; and Gregorio, bishop of Albano. He was anathematized and deprived of his cardinalitial dignity by Pope John XII in February 964 (1). He was reappointed bishop of Porto in 967. Subscribed the papal diploma addressed to Gandolfo (or Landolfo), first archbishop of Benevento, issued ante confessionem b. Petri on May 26, 969, granting him the pallium and constituting the see; the document was subscribed by Emperor Otto II and twenty three bishops; also present were Pandolfo, prince of Benevento and Capua; and his son Prince Landolfo, the petitioners.

Death. 969, (no place found). Buried (no information found).

Bibliography. Cardella, Lorenzo. Memorie storiche de' cardinali della Santa Romana Chiesa. Rome : Stamperia Pagliarini, 1792, I, pt. 1, 82; "Essai de liste générale des cardinaux. Les cardinaux des 10 premiers siècles". Annuaire Pontifical Catholique 1926. Paris : Maison de la Bonne Presse, 1927, p. 157, no. 3; Gams, Pius Bonifatius. Series episcoporum Ecclesiae catholicae. 3 v. in 1. Graz : Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, 1957, p. VIII; Liudprand, Bishop of Cremona, d. ca. 972. The complete works of Liudprand of Cremona. Translated with an introduction and notes by Paolo Squatriti. Washington, D.C. : Catholic University of America Press, 2007. (Medieval texts in translation; Variation: Medieval texts in translation), p. 226; Regesta pontificum Romanorum ab conditio Ecclesia. Ad annum post Christum natum MCXCVIII. Graz : Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, 1956. 2 v. Reprint. Originally published : Lipsiae : Veit et comp., 1885-1888. Original t.p. included : Regesta pontificum Romanorum ab condita ecclesia : ad annum post Christum natum MCXCVIII. Editionem secundam correctam et auctam edidit Philippus Jaffè ; auspiciis Gulielmi Wattenbach; curaverunt S. Loewenfeld, F. Kaltenbrunner, P. Ewald, I, 474.

(1) Cardella, Memorie storiche de' cardinali della Santa Romana Chiesa, I, pt. 1, 82, says that he took part in the Roman Synod of February 26, 964, but Alfonso Chacón, Vitæ, et res gestæ Pontificum Romanorum : et S.R.E. Cardinalium ab initio nascentis Ecclesiae usque ad Clementem IX P. O. M. (Romæ : P. et A. De Rubeis, 1677), I, col. 719-720, does not mention him among the participants.


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