Pope from 535-536 and apologist, the son of a priest named Gordianus slain during the reign of Pope Symmachus. He was elected pope on May 13, 535, and was already of an advanced age as he started healing the rifts in the Church by regulating affairs. Belisarius, who had conquered Sicily, appeared ready to invade Italy, and Agapitus set out for Constantinople to appeal to Emperor Justinian and halt his military advance. He arrived there in February of 536, knowing he would fail in his mission. While in Constantinople the pope was able to put down a religious revolt spearheaded by a bishop named Anthemius and Empress Theodora. Emperor Justinian, at first defending Anthemius, crushed the revolt and gave Agapitus a written profession of faith. Agapitus fell ill soon afterward and died in Constantinople on April 22, 536. His remains were taken to Rome and deposited in St. Peter's. Both Latin and Oriental Churches venerate him.
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So often we hear people or even ourselves excuse an action by saying "I was only following orders." But for Nereus and Achilleus this excuse could not stand in the face of the cross. ... continue reading
By Deacon F.K. Bartels
It is true that the creature loves less because she is less. But if she loves with her whole being, nothing is lacking where everything is given. To love so ardently then is to share the marriage bond; she cannot love so much and not be totally loved, and it is in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes