Son of Pope Hormisdas, who had entered religious life after raising a family. Sub-deacon when elected pope at the insistence of King Theodaha the Ostrogoth. A humble man caught in the middle of a political ploy by Vigilius and the Empress Theodora to seize the pontificate for the Monophysites. Kidnapped, convicted of a trumped-up charge of treason, and exiled to the island of Ponza, Italy.
- “Pope Saint Silverio“. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 March 2015. Web. 29 May 2015. <>