Severinus I, Pope of Rome
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
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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