Death of Pope John I in Prison

Death of Pope John I in Prison

Pope John I
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Pope John I dies while in prison, probably of neglect and mistreatment.

Pope John I became the first pope to visit Constantinople when he was forced by Ostrogothic king Theodoric the Great to go there to persuade Byzantine emperor Justinian to moderate his policies towards Arians.

Theodoric, an Arian, threatened that unless Pope John I was successful there would be reprisals against orthodox Christians in the west. John is largely successful, but upon his return he is imprisoned on suspicion of conspiring with Justinian against the Arians.

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