Ordinary Time: June 20th
St. Silverius was pope for a very short time in 546-7 A.D. But his
brief pontificate made him a martyr for the truth, which he defended
at the cost of his life. He was kidnapped, convicted of a trumped-up
charge of treason, and exiled to the island of Ponza, Italy. He died
in exile at the isle for refusing the empress Theodora's demand to
reinstate the heresiarch Anthimos in the see of Constantinople. His
body was brought back to Rome and laid in the Vatican basilica.