Boniface II
Bishop of Rome
ChurchCatholic Church
Papacy began22 September 530
Papacy ended17 October 532
PredecessorFelix IV
SuccessorJohn II
Personal details
Rome, Italy
Died17 October 532
Other popes named Boniface

Pope Boniface II (Latin: Bonifatius II; died 17 October 532) was the first Germanic bishop of Rome. He ruled the Holy See from 22 September 530 until his death on 17 October 532.[1]

Boniface's father's name was Sigibuld.[2] He was probably born in Rome, and was designated to succeed to the papacy by his predecessor, Felix IV, who had been a strong adherent of the Arian Ostrogothic kings. Boniface was later elected, largely due to the influence of King Athalaric.[3] For a time, he served as pope in competition with Dioscorus, who had been elected by most of the priests of Rome. Boniface and Dioscorus were both consecrated in Rome on 22 September 530, but Dioscurus died only twenty-two days later.[1]

Boniface II's most notable act was confirming the decisions of the Council of Orange, teaching that grace is always necessary to obtain salvation.[4] Boniface was buried in St. Peter's on 17 October 532.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Peterson, John Bertram (1913). "Pope Boniface II" . In Herbermann, Charles (ed.). Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
  2. ^ Sessa 2012, p. 104.
  3. ^ Paolo Bertolini (1970). "Bonifacio II, papa". Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, Volume 12: Bonfadini–Borrello (in Italian). Rome: Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana. ISBN 978-8-81200032-6.
  4. ^ "Pope Boniface II". Catholic Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17 March 2017.


Catholic Church titles Preceded byFelix IV Pope 530–532 Succeeded byJohn II