752 Stephen's two-day pontificate began. Elected to succeed Zachary,
Stephen II died before his consecration; earlier writers do not appear to have
included him in the list of the popes; but, in accordance with the long
standing practice of the Roman Church, he is now generally counted among them.
This divergent practice has introduced confusion into the way of counting the
1743 Handel's Messiah was performed for the first time in