St. Sylvester

St. Sylvester

St Silvester (+ 335).  Ordained Bishop of Rome in 314, he ruled the Church during the reign of the Emperor Constantine the Great at a time when the Donatist schism and Arian heresy were bringing great trouble on the Church.  He was buried in the cemetery of St. Priscilla on the Via Salaria, one of the many roads which led (and lead) to Rome.  Constantine gave him the Lateran Basilica (St. John Lateran’s) which then became the cathedral church of Rome, before St. Peter’s.  His principal emblems are chained dragon (or bull – which is the name of the document produced and written by the Holy Father – a “Papal Bull”) and a tiara.

Picture: Pope Sylvester I and Constantine

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