|Pope John XV|
Died: 996 AD
Location of death: Rome, Italy
Cause of death: Fever
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Executive summary: Roman Catholic Pope, 985-96
John XV, Roman Catholic Pope from 985 to 996, generally recognized as the successor of Boniface VII, the pope John who was said to have ruled for four months after Pope John XIV, being now omitted by the best authorities. John XV was the son of Leo, a Roman presbyter. At the time he mounted the papal chair Crescentius was patrician of Rome, but, although his influence was on this account very much hampered, the presence of the empress Theophano in Rome from 989 to 991 restrained also the ambition of Crescentius. On her departure the pope, whose venality and nepotism had made him very unpopular with the citizens, died of fever before the arrival of Otto III, who elevated his own kinsman Bruno to the papal dignity under the name of Pope Gregory V. It is John XV who was the first to canonize a saint under papal authority, in the case of St. Ulrich of Augsburg on 31 January 993.
Roman Catholic Pope 985 to 996
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