Pope St. Sylvester I
Elected to the papacy in 314, St. Sylvester saw the
beginning of the Christianization of the Roman Empire.
He was a citizen of Rome and a priest. According to legend,
he cured Constantine of leprosy and baptized him. The
"Donation of Constantine" supposedly gave Rome primacy
over all other patriarchates and the pope dominion over
Rome, Italy, and the Western Empire. It is a forgery from
the VIII Century. In 325, Sylvester sent legates to represent
Rome at the Council of Nicaea, which Constantine had called to
settle disputes over the teachings of Arius. Sylvester reposed
Karen Rae Keck
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