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In 536 after the death of Pope St. Agapetus, St. Silverius, a sub deacon, was chosen Pope.  When the general of the Emperor Justian arrived at the gates, the senate admitted him at the persuasion of the Pope.  The Empress Theodora, endeavored to have him  connive with her party favoring the sect of Acephali or Ultra-Eutychians.  He could not be deceived and knew that his resistance would cost him his life.  A time of intrigue ensued and an Archdeacon was sent to Rome with a letter for Belisarius who was to drive St. Silvarius out and arrange for the election of Vigilius.  Like Pilate, he  handed the duty off to another.  Virgilius became Pope and Silverius was sent to Patara.  When the Emperor Justinian heard of this, he ordered St. Silverius sent back to Rome.  He was intercepted on the road and taken to the Island of Palmaria.  He died there a short time afterward in 537.  After the death of Silverius, Virgilius became Pope, he gave up all connection with the heretics and they gained nothing for their help.

FEAST DAY:  June 20

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