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Severinus I, Pope of Rome

VI/VII Centuries
Elected to the papacy in the fall of 638, the Roman Severinus was not enthroned until May of 640, because he refused to approve the Ecthesis of the Monothelite emperor Heraclius. At some time during the two year interregnum between the reigns of Honorius I and Severinus, Byzantine soldiers, whom neither the emperor nor his exarch had paid, attacked the Lateran and ransacked the papal treasury because a military registrar had told them that their money was in the Lateran. The soldiers also maltreated Severinus. He is said to have convoked a synod to uphold Nicene Christianity shortly after his consecration. He died in August of 640, probably as a result of his earlier mistreatment.

Karen Rae Keck


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