Antipope Silvester IIIAntipope Silvester III
). When Pope Benedict IX
was driven from Rome early in January 1044
, John, bishop of Sabina, was elected in his stead and took the title of Silvester III. Within three months Benedict returned and expelled his rival. Nearly three years later (December 1046
) the council of Sutri deprived him of his bishoprics and priesthood. He was then sent to a monastery
, where he seems to have died.
from the 9th edition (1887) of an unnamed encyclopedia.