Agapetus I, Pope of Rome
The son of a priest who was killed by supporters of antipope Lawrence in
502, Agapetus I was an archdeacon at the time of his election to the
papacy in 535. He decreed that Arians who had converted to Christianity
could not hold church offices. Shortly after his election, he traveled to
Constantinople at the request of Theodahad of the Ostrogoths to ask
Emperor Justinian not to invade Italy. This mission was not successful.
While in the eastern capital, Agapetus removed the monothelite patriarch,
Anthimus, who had previously been bishop of Trebizond, by citing a canon
that forbade the transfer of bishops. Agapetus died in 536, and his body
was brought from Constantinople to Rome for burial at St. Peter's.
Karen Rae Keck
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