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St SILVERIUS
Also known as SYLVERE

Patron Saint of the Island of Ponza, Italy

Pope — but not for long.

The Byzantine Empress Theodora wanted papal blessings for her heretical buddies, but he would have none of it. So she decided to get shot of him and try her luck with the next Pope.

A plot was hatched whereby St SILVERIUS was accused of hob-nobbing with Goths and selling out the Empire to its enemies. The evidence was flimsy, but Emperors have never needed much convincing when it comes to matters of treason.

So the defrocked Pope was sent off to the obscure little island of Palmarola, near Ponza, where he either starved or was murdered. Or possibly drowned, ate poisonous mushrooms, or fell out of a tree. Nobody was there to take notes so it's all surmise. Scholars can't even agree which island it was, so what chance do we have?

However, fishermen from the island of Ponza once claimed that a vision of St SILVERIUS saved them from perishing in a storm. So perhaps you'd better ask them.

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Article last updated on 25 February 2006
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT St SILVERIUS : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : SILVERIUS
Location : Worldwide Christianity
Gender : Male
Type : Saint or Sage
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Birth and Death Dates : 465-537
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : SYLVERE
Popularity index : 70

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