Death of Pope Pelagius I

Death of Pope Pelagius I

Pope Pelagius I
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Pope Pelagius I dies. His papacy was controversial to say the least because he was the choice of Emperor Justinian, not the people of Rome.

Even though Pelagius was born in Rome, he tended to follow the expectations of the Byzantine rulers - including especially Pelagius' decision to condemn certain writings which he had refused to condemn before Justinian made him pope.

Because of this, a number of bishops in northern Italy, Africa, and Sicily refused to recognize his authority, creating a schism that will last through the 7th century.

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