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Friday, June 20, 2014

St. Silverius

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.

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