(Saint) Pope, Martyr (May 27) (6th century) A Tuscan who from being Archdeacon of Rome became Pope, in succession to Saint Hormisdas (A.D. 523). His short reign was troubled by the machinations of Theodoric, the Arian King of the Ostro-Goths, at that time masters of Italy. Saint John, at the instance of Theodoric, repaired to Constantinople to treat with the Catholic Emperor, Justin I; but on his return to Italy was thrown into prison at Ravenna by Theodoric, and soon died therein of want and hardships (18 May, A.D. 526). His body, brought at once to Rome, was interred in Saint Peter’s (May 27). Many miracles are related of him, especially his having at Constantinople given sight to a man born blind.
- Monks of Ramsgate. “John I”. , 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 October 2013. Web. 29 September 2016. <>