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Pope Saint Hormisdas (d. 523)

Pope Saint Hormisdas (d. 523)

Feast day: August 6

Saint Hormisdas was born in Frosinone, Italy, in 450. Before he was ordained, he was married and had a son, Silverius, who followed in his father’s footsteps and also became a pope.

Hormisdas became a deacon during a time of trouble between the Catholic Church and the antipope Lawrence and his pro-Byzantine offshoot. With some difficulty, Hormisdas became Pope on July 21, 514.

After rising to the papacy, Hormisdas started his vocation of peace by welcoming back into the Church the last followers of the Laurentian schism. He also worked to bring peace by ending the schism dividing the Eastern and Western Churches. The divided Church that was in Constantinople was brought back to Rome.

At the time of the death of Hormisdas in 523, the Church was peaceful. 

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