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Boniface VI, son of Bishop Adrian, was elected to the Roman see in 896. His election was supported by Lambert, Duke of Spoleto, and opposed by Arnulf, King of the Franks. The Roman people also supported Boniface, who died 15 days after his election. He was buried in the portico of the popes.
In 898, John IX convened a council that invalidated Boniface's election on the grounds that Boniface had been defrocked when he was a subdeacon and defrocked again when he was a priest. He had not, at the time of his election, been reconciled to the church and reinstated as a priest. His body remained in its burial place.
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