Pope Saint Vitalian

detail of an illustration of Pope Saint Vitalian; by Chevalier Artaud de Montor, 1842; from the edition published in 'The Lives and Times of the Popes', The Catholic Publication Society of America, New York 1911; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Vitalianus



Son of Anastasius; nothing else is known of Vitalian before his election to the papacy. Chosen 76th pope in 657. His pontificate was marked by constant conflict with the eastern patriarchs and leaders over their support of Monothelite heresy. Helped settle the conflict between English and Irish bishops over the date of Easter. Sent Saint Adrian of Canterbury and Saint Theodore of Tarsus to England, which strengthened the ties between the bishops there with Rome. Came into conflict with archbishop Maurus of Ravenna who declared his see independent from Vatican control; he and the pope excommunicated each other, and emperor Constans II intervened on the side of the archbishop, and it wasn’t until 682 that the controversy ended.


Papal Ascension



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