Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Germanus, Bishop of Capua, Confessor


This holy prelate was sent by Pope Hormisdas legate to the Emperor Justin, in 519, to engage the Orientals to put an end to the schism which had continued forty years; had been fomented by the emperors Zeno and Anastasius, both favourers of heretics, and by Acacius and other patriarchs of Constantinople. The embassy was attended with the desired success; the heretics were condemned, and the schism entirely abolished. In it Saint Germanus and his fellow legates suffered much from the heretics, but escaped out of their hands. Saint Gregory the Great relates that this saint saw Paschasius, the deacon of Rome, long after his death, in the flames of purgatory, for having adhered to the schism of Laurence against Symmachus, and that he was delivered by the prayers of this holy bishop. Also that Saint Bennet at Mount Cassino saw in a vision the soul of Saint Germanus, at the hour of his departure, carried by the ministry of angels to eternal bliss. His death happened about the year 540.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Germanus, Bishop of Capua, Confessor”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 October 2013. Web. 28 October 2021. <>