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 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 Silverius saved them from perishing in a storm. So perhaps you’d better ask them.
St. Silverius Facts and Figures
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: SYLVERE
Birth and Death Dates: 465-537
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
Role: Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 67
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Article last updated on April 07, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
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