(Saint) Pope (December 31) (4thcentury) The successor of Pope Saint Melchiades (A.D. 314). He governed the Church during twenty and more eventful years, marked by the cessation of the age-long persecutions under the Pagan Roman Emperors, by the conversion of the Emperor Constantine and by the celebration of the great Council of Nicaea (A.D. 325) against the Arian heretics. He ably organised the discipline of the Roman Church, happily no longer imprisoned in the Catacombs in one of which, however, his own body remained interred for several centuries after his death (A.D. 335).
- Monks of Ramsgate. “Silvester”. , 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 December 2016. Web. 29 April 2017. <>