Son of a consul and brother to a senator, Vigilius was born in Rome sometime before 500. He was with Pope Agapetus I when the pope died in Constantinople, and Vigilius accompanied the leaden coffin Rome. When Pope Silverius was accused of treason and imprisoned in 537, Vigilius was elected to succeed him. In the controversy over the Three Chapters, Pope Vigilius took the position that the work alone deserved condemnation; the men who had written the chapters had died at peace with the church and should not be posthumously condemned. Because of his opposition to the emperor's wishes, Vigilius was exiled. At the 552 Synod of Constantinople, it came out that Vigilius had made secret arrangements with Empress Theodora to repudiate the Council of Chalcedon, and following that revelation, Vigilius condemned the Three Chapters and the men who penned them. He died in 555 of gallstones while he was returning to Rome.
Elizabeth was a Spanish princess who was given in marriage to King Denis of Portugal at the age of twelve. She was very beautiful and very lovable. She was also very devout, and went to Mass every ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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During his visit to the United States this coming September, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra, the heroic 'Apostle of California.' Once that happens, the Golden State will have its own patron saint and the Church will have another great missionary role ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes