Pope Damasus II

Damasus II (* probably in Pildenau at Ering, Lower Bavaria; † August 9, 1048 in Palestrina), actually Poppo of Brixen, was Pope from July 17 to August 9, 1048 His name means: the Diamond (latin). .


Poppo of Brixen, surnamed Baginarius ( Bayer ), came from a Bavarian nobility and was the son of Count Poppo II of Rott (or according to other sources son of the bailiff of Chuno Benediktbeuern ). He was since 1039 Bishop of Brixen and took as such 1046/47 part in the synods of Pavia, Sutri and Rome.

It was Christmas 1047 by Emperor Henry III. in Pöhlde against Benedict IX. determined to the Pope. Poppo was accompanied on imperial behest of an army of the Marquis of Tuscany and Rome, which had the task of Benedict IX. forcibly remove from the chair of Peter. On July 16, 1048 Poppo was a Tuscan forces move into Rome and was ordained the next day as Pope. Benedict had previously been sold before the papal throne in the year. But he took after the death of Clement II, whom he is said to have poisoned again the rule.

Poppo sat 24 days as Damasus II on the Chair of Peter, before he in Palestrina - probably from malaria - died, which is disputed whether he by the followers of Benedict IX. was poisoned. He was buried in the Basilica of San Lorenzo fuori le mura in Rome.

Damasus kept during his pontificate and the Diocese of Brixen. About his short pontificate nothing is handed down.