Saints of the Day – Vitalian, Pope

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 CommonsArticle

Born at Segni, Campania, Italy; died January 27, 672. Saint Vitalian succeeded Pope Eugene I and was consecrated pope on July 30, 657. During his troubled pontificate, Vitalian continually wrestled with the Monothelite tendencies of the emperor and the Eastern patriarchs. Nevertheless, the pope enjoyed signs of hope as well: The conflict between English and Irish bishops over the date of Easter was resolved, and relations with the Church in England were strengthened when he sent Saints Adrian and Theodore of Tarsus there. However, the Monothelite heresy in the East continued throughout his reign (Attwater2, Benedictines, Coulson, Delaney).

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 October 2021. Web. 16 October 2021. <>