Pope Agapetus I Biography


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Pope Agapetus I

Saint Pope Agapetus I (died 536), pope in 535-536. His name also is spelled Agapitus. He spent most of his reign in Constantinople, where he tried in vain to persuade Byzantine Emperor Justinian to call off Belisarius’ invasion of Italy. He succeeded, however, in persuading Justinian that Anthimus, the Monophysite patriarch, should be removed for heresy. Agapetus personally deposed Anthimus and consecrated Mennas as his successor. Justinian then wrote a confession of faith, which the pope accepted. Agapetus’ feast day in the Western Church is September 20; in the Eastern Church, April 22.

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