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POPE AGAPETUS, WHAT TEN MONTHS CAN DO

Pope Agapetus was born in Rome, what date, we do not have. His father was Giordanus, a Roman priest who was killed during the riots that followed the consecration of Pope Symmachus (498-514). Before discussing Agapetus, however, you may like to see some interesting coincidences which possibly show that back then, the papacy was "all in t...

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Pope John II, The First Pope To Change His Name

Little is known about Mercurius, son of Projectus, other than that he was a Roman. And Mercurius is not known to Western culture under his given name. We know him as Pope John II, who took the throne, January 2, 533. Mercurius was a priest at St. Clement's Basilica on the slope of Mons Coelus. This was a rich, fashionable residential area...

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POPE BONIFACE II, THE FIRST GERMANIC POPE

Pope St. Boniface II ruled just about two years, much of it trying to prove that he was the valid pope. Boniface was born probably near Rome, but of Germanic parentage, his father being Sigisbald. This was not unusual since many Ostrogoths had moved there after taking over the throne of Italy. Boniface, himself, was probably born an Ostrogoth...

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POPE FELIX IV, DEFENDER OF GRACE (526-530)

Felix is actually only the third pope of that name, the one known as Felix II being an antipope. A native of Samnium, which is approximqately where the Province of Benevenuto is today in southern Italy, all we know of Felix's early life is that his father's name was Castorius. He may have been the Deacon Felix, whom Pope Hormisdas sent...

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POPE SAINT JOHN I, THE NEGOTIATOR WHO WOULD NOT COMPROMISE (523-526)

Pope John I was not, foremost, a negotiator. He was a priest who upheld orthodoxy. He was killed for his orthodoxy. Born about 470, son of a man named Constantius, John was a native of Tuscany. He took orders at a young age. We know that he was already a deacon by his signature on the Acts of the Roman Synod in 499 and 502. Thus, he was alr...

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POPE SAINT HORMISDAS (514-523)

One of the few popes to ever have children, Hormisdas' actually raised his son to be a pope, Silverius. A man of wealth, Hormisdas was born about 450 AD in Frosinone, Campagnia di Roma, Italy, in other words, the plains around the city of Rome. This would put him in the center of continual politics and controversy his whole life. As a ...

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POPE SAINT SYMMACHUS (498-514)

Pope Symmachus is, unfortunately, more well known for the difficulty he had holding on to his reign than for the things he did to earn him the name "saint". He was alive during difficult times. Symmachus was born in Sardinia, the son of a man named Fortunatus. The family was probably pagan, for Symmachus was baptized in Rome. He ...

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POPE ANASTASIUS II (496-498)

POPE ANASTASIUS II Anastasius was only the second pope to not be considered a saint, the first being Liberius. This is probably due to the problems Anastasius had in trying to end the Acacian schism. If you recall, it all started some years back with the Council of Chalderon, which condemned the teachings of Eutyches and Nestorius, approv...

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POPE SAINT GALASIUS, 49TH POPE (492-496)

Gelasius, son of Valerius, was a Roman citizen of African descent, very possibly Berber. If he was born in Africa, it would have been before the Vandal takeover in 439, or else he would not have been born a Roman citizen. Gelasius was an ordained priest and acted as secretary for Pope Felix III, writing many of his ecclesiastical documents fo...

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POPE ST FELIX III (483-492)

POPE SAINT FELIX III Saint Felix can be said to be the first pope of the Dark Ages. He is numbered III rather that II, because the antipope Felix II was a brief ruler before he was ousted in 365. The Western Roman Empire had fallen when the barbarians, under leadership of Odoacer of the Herouli tribe, had overcome the weak Roman emperor...

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