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St. Vitalian I, Pope of Rome

VII Century
Elected to the papacy in 657, St. Vitalian held his position on monotheletism firmly but was conciliatory toward Constans II, who visited Rome in 663 and took bronze from many buildings to make weapons. When Constans was murdered in 668, Vitalian supported Constantine IV, who remained mindful of his debt and kept the pope's name in the diptychs. Vitalian supported the decisions of the Synod of Whitby in 664 and consecrated St. Theodore of Tarsus, the archbishop of Canterbury, to rule over the entire English church. Vitalian died in 672.

Karen Rae Keck


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