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John I, Pope (Saint)
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523–526. At the command of Theodoric the Great, John I, of whom almost nothing is known, had to travel in 525 to Constantinople with a delegation of Roman senators and bishops and intervene there for the religious freedom of the homoean Goths, who were affected by the heresy laws. The triumphal reception of the pope in Constantinople must be regarded as a political demonstration against Theoderic, who, for that reason, had John held in Ravenna after his return; shortly afterward John died there. In the hagiographic tradition, he is therefore regarded as a victim…

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Brennecke, Hanns Christof, “John I, Pope (Saint)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 June 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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