Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Simplicius, Pope and Confessor

Pope Saint SimpliciusEntry

Saint Simplicius, already made famous by his piety and learning, during the pontificate of Saint Leo and Saint Hilary, ascended the papal chair in 467. The Arian and Macedonian heresies were then being boldly supported by the imperial authorities of the age, and the seamless robe of Christendom was torn by violence and schism. But Saint Simplicius did not despair. By his fervent prayers, by the prudence and firmness of his policy, he met and mastered the difficulties which threatened the cause of Christ; and after twelve laborious years of ecclesiastical administration he died in 483, leaving the Church in perfect peace.

Well has the name of Pontifex been given
Unto the Church’s head, as the chief builder
And architect of the invisible bridge
That leads from earth to heaven.
    – Henry W. Longfellow

Favorite Practice – To convince yourself that prayer and perseverance conquer all things.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint Simplicius, Pope and Confessor”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 April 2021. Web. 19 April 2021. <>