Pope Pelagius I
English name=Pelagius I
March 4, 561
Pope Pelagius I was
popefrom 556 to March 4, 561.
He came from a Roman noble family. His father, John, seems to have been vicar of one of the two civil "dioceses", or districts, into which
Italywas then divided. Pelagius accompanied Pope Agapetus Ito Constantinople, and was appointed by him " nuncio" of the Roman Church to that city. [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11602a.htm]
Pope Vigiliuswent to Constantinople on the orders of Emperor Justinian I, Pelagius stayed in Rome as the pope's representative. Totila, King of the Goths, had begun to blockade the city. Pelagius poured out his own fortune for the benefit of the famine-stricken people, and tried to induce the king to grant a truce. Though he failed, he afterwards induced Totila to spare the lives of the people when he captured Rome in December, 546. Totila sent Pelagius to Constantinople in order to arrange a peace with Justinian I, but the emperor sent him back to say that his general Belisariuswas in command in Italy.
Traditionally he is credited with the building of the
Santi Apostoliin Rome, ordered to celebrate the complete victory of Narsesover the Ostrogoths.
Pelagius was elected Pope as Justinian's candidate. While before his ordination he opposed Justinian's efforts to condemn the "Three Chapters" in order to reconcile theological factions in the Church, afterwards Pelagius adopted Justinian's position. This damaged the papacy's reputation in northern Italy,
Gaul, and elsewhere in Western Europe, and his successors over the next 50 years spent much effort undoing the damage.
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Pope Pelagius I — Pope Pelagius I † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Pope Pelagius I Date of birth unknown; died 3 March, 561, was a Roman of noble family; his father, John, seems to have been vicar of one of the two civil dioceses , or districts, into which… … Catholic encyclopedia
Pope Pelagius — has been the papal name of two popes of the Roman Catholic Church.*Pope Pelagius I (556 561) *Pope Pelagius II (579 590) See also * List of popes … Wikipedia
Pope Pelagius II — Infobox Pope English name=Pelagius II birth name=Pelagius term start=579 term end=590 predecessor=Benedict I successor=Gregory I birth date=??? birthplace=Rome, Italy dead=dead|death date=590 deathplace=Rome, Italy other=PelagiusPope Pelagius II… … Wikipedia
Pelagius I — Pope Pelagius I † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Pope Pelagius I Date of birth unknown; died 3 March, 561, was a Roman of noble family; his father, John, seems to have been vicar of one of the two civil dioceses , or districts, into which… … Catholic encyclopedia
Pope Innocent I — Pope Innocent I † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Pope Innocent I Date of birth unknown; died 12 March, 417. Before his elevation to the Chair of Peter, very little is known concerning the life of this energetic pope, so zealous for the… … Catholic encyclopedia
Pope St. Gregory I (the Great) — Pope St. Gregory I ( the Great ) † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Pope St. Gregory I ( the Great ) Doctor of the Church; born at Rome about 540; died 12 March 604. Gregory is certainly one of the most notable figures in Ecclesiastical… … Catholic encyclopedia
Pope Gregory V — Pope Gregory V † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Pope Gregory V Born c. 970; died 4 February, 999. On the death of John XV the Romans sent a deputation to Otto III and asked him to name the one he would wish them to elect in the place of the… … Catholic encyclopedia
Pope Gregory I — Saint Gregory redirects here. For other uses, see Saint Gregory (disambiguation). Pope Gregory I Papacy began 3 September 590 Papacy ended 12 March 604 … Wikipedia
Pelagius I — died A.D. 561, pope 556 561. * * * ▪ pope born , Rome died March 4, 561, Rome pope from 556 to 561. His ecclesiastical roles under popes St. Agapetus I, St. Silverius, and Vigilius were highly important in the history of the church.… … Universalium
Pelagius (disambiguation) — The name Pelagius can refer to: *Alvarus Pelagius, a Franciscan canonist *Pelagius (c. 360 to 435), a British monk to whom the doctrine of Pelagianism is attributed *Pelagius (papal legate), papal legate during the Fifth Crusade *Pelayo, first… … Wikipedia