Anti-pope. Originally a deacon of Alexandria, he became a member of the Roman clergy, and the leader of the Byzantine party in Rome, opposing the Gothic party which Pope Felix IV favored. The latter with a view to averting a contest for the papacy, had taken the unprecedented step of appointing his successor, upon whose accession as Boniface II the majority of the Roman clergy elected the anti-pope Dioscorus. Fortunately the schism was of short duration, for Dioscorus died the same year, and his supporters submitted to Boniface.



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  • “Dioscorus”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 September 2013. Web. 22 January 2019. <>