May 18, About Today for Tuesday of the 7th week of Easter

Illustration of Pope John I By Artaud de Montor, Alexis François [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

May 18

Saint John I, Pope and Martyr

Optional Memorial

Pope Saint John I was a Tuscan pope elected to the papacy in 523 A.D. In his time, Arian kings and Christian rulers were warring. Byzantine Emperor Justin I had recently declared an anti-Arian decree, Latin and Greek Churches had come to allegiance, and the Arian king, Theodoric the Great of the Ostrogoths and of Italy felt under attack. As king of the empire, Theodoric required Pope Saint John I to travel to Justin’s empire and to negotiate towards Arianism. Despite his protests, Pope Saint John I obliged and went to Constantinople with a huge entourage. Emperor Justin greeted him warmly, maybe even prostrating himself to the supreme pastor, and agreed to hear Theodoric’s requests. Neither Emperor Justin nor Pope Saint John I amended their beliefs towards Arianism; and sadly, when Pope Saint John I returned, Theodoric had him arrested under charges of conspiracy. Pope Saint John I died a martyr in prison from neglect and poor treatment. He is buried at the Basilica of St. Peter. [1]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
[1] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “Pope St. John I””
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