St. Boniface I, Pope of Rome
Ordained by Pope Damasus I, St. Boniface was a priest at Rome and served
as papal legate to Constantinople under Innocent I. When Pope Zosimus died
in December, 418, a majority elected Boniface pope, and a minority elected
Eulalius pope. Pope and antipope were consecrated on the same day. The
Council of Spoleto was convoked in 419 to settle the dispute. Symmachus
the Prefect supported Eulalius, and the Emperor Honorius supported
Boniface, who was enthroned after the council. Boniface condemned
Pelagianism and encouraged St. Augustine to write against it. When
Boniface died in 422, he was buried in a chapel which he had built in the
cemetary of St. Felicity.
Karen Rae Keck
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