St. Silverius I, Pope of Rome
The son of Hormisdas, St. Silverius was nominated to succeed Agapetus I in
536 by King Theodahad of the Goths and was elected through his influence.
Empress Theodora had wanted a pope more open to monothelitism and sent
Belisarius to depose Silverius. Accused of conspiring with the Goths,
Silverius was made a monk and exiled to Patara in early 537. When
Silverius appealed his case to Justinian, he was allowed to return to
Vigilius, who had become pope through Theodora's influence, sent
Silverius to the island of Palmaria, where he was persuaded to abdicate.
Silverius died shortly thereafter. He may have starved, or he may have
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