Pope Saint Silverius

24kb jpg portait of Pope Saint Silverio, artist unknown

Reigned from 536 to 537. Born in Rome, Italy; died in Palmaria, Italy. A subdeacon, he was elected through the influence of Theodatus, King of the Ostrogoths. After vainly seeking to convert him to Monophysitism, the Empress Theodora had him accused of abetting the barbarians in their attack on Rome. He was arrested by the Byzantine general, Belisarius; and carried into exile. His innocence established, he returned to Italy, only to be exiled once more. Feast, Roman Calendar, 20 June.

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