As a deacon, Pelagius translated The Sayings of the Elders, a V Century Greek work into Latin. In 536, he travelled with Pope Agapetus I to Constantinople, where he represented the see of Rome at a synod against the monophysites. Ten years later, Pelagius served as vicar for the pope during a Gothic seige of Rome; when Rome fell to Totila, Pelagius interceded on behalf of its citizens. Totila was so impressed that he sent Pelagius to represent him during peace negotiations with officials at Constantinople. The mission was unsuccessful. Pelagius supported Pope Vigilius's opposition to the emperor's condemnation of the authors of the Three Chapters and shared his exile. When Vigilius relented and condemned the Three Chapters with the men who wrote them, he also excommunicated Pelagius, who was Justinian's candidate to succeed Vigilius. Elected to the papacy in 555, Pelagius was not enthroned for a year because no one would consecrate him. During his five-year papacy, he reorganized papal properties and worked to attract more men to the priesthood. He sought also to reform monastic life. Because church law forbids the pope to use force, Pelagius asked the exarch of Ravenna to repress schismatics.
Born at Lystra, Lycaenia, Timothy was the son of a Greek father and Eunice, a converted Jewess. He joined St. Paul when Paul preached at Lystra replacing Barnabas, and became Paul's close friend and ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the ... continue reading
St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her older sister became a Cistercian nun and her uncle Graziano was a hermit whom the local people regarded as a saint. Zita herself always ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith Fournier
This great defender of the faith insisted on the central claim of Christianity: God can be known and loved-indeed, that is why He came into our midst in the person of His Son; so that through a relationship with Jesus Christ, man could participate in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes