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Saint John I
Papa Ioannes I.jpg
Papacy began 523
Papacy ended 526
Predecessor Hormisdas
Successor Felix IV
Personal details
Birth name ???
Born ???
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Died May 18, 526
Ravenna, Ostrogothic Kingdom
Other Popes named John

Pope Saint John I was Pope from 523 to 526. He was a native of Siena or the Castello di Serena, near Chiusdino, and was very old and frail by the time he was elected to the papacy.

Despite his protests, he was sent by the Arian King Theodoric the Great of the Ostrogoths to Constantinople to secure a moderation of Emperor Justin's decree of 523 against the Arians. Theodoric threatened that if John should fail in his mission, there would be reprisals against the orthodox Catholics in the West.

When Pope John returned to Ravenna, Theodoric's capital, Theodoric had John arrested on the suspicion of having conspired with Emperor Justin. He was imprisoned at Ravenna, where he died of neglect and ill treatment. His body was transported to Rome and buried in the Basilica of St. Peter. John I is depicted in art as looking through the bars of a prison or imprisoned with a deacon and a subdeacon. He is venerated at Ravenna and in Tuscany. His feast day is May 18, the anniversary of the day of his death (whereas it had formerly been May 27). [1]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Hormisdas
Pope
523–526
Succeeded by
Felix IV
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Simple English

John I
Latin: Ioannes PP. I
File:No Photo
motto: Unity is the Key
Birth name
Born 469
Died May 18 526
Italy, In Prison
Papacy from August 13 523 – May 18 526
Came after Pope St. Hormisdas
Came before Pope St. Felix IV

Pope John I (circa 469-May 18 526) was the leader, pope of the early Christian community. Pope John the first, was born in Populonia, Tuscany Italy. He was the son of emperor Constantius.[1] He became the pope on Mary's Day, on August 13, 523. It's not certain if he died directly from thirst and starvation but his imprisonment and bad inhumane treatment certainly contributed to his demise. The Pope died at 11:22PM on 18 May, 526. His name means God is gracious; the gift of God.

He ended the Acacian Schism (484–519), thus after 25 years, bringing important reunification of the Eastern and Western churches into one, by restoring peace between the papacy and the Byzantine emperor Justin I. Pope also set the rules for the Alexandrian calendar computation of the date of Easter, which was eventually accepted throughout the West.

Pope Johne the First official day used to be on May 26, only for a short time, then on May 27. His holy day was moved at the end of the 20th century to the more appropriate day, his birthday. His motto was: "Unity is the Key"!

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Pope John I, the Martyr


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