AGAPITUS (Saint) Pope (September 20) (6th century) By birth a Roman, he, when only Archdeacon of the Roman Church, according to a custom prevalent in that age, was elected (A.D. 535) to succeed Pope John II. In the following year he repaired to Constantinople, partly to avert the war on Italy threatened by the Emperor Justinian, and partly to put order into the troubled Eastern Churches. He failed in his political mission, but succeeded in rescuing the Church of Constantinople from the Eutychian heretics. “With great courage he denounced and cancelled the election as Patriarch of the metropolis of the East, of Anthimus, a time server who refused to subscribe the Canons of the Council of Chalcedon, then the test of Orthodoxy. He then, as Supreme Pontiff, appointed to the vacant See, Mennas, an Ecclesiastic of undoubted virtue and of great learning. Whilst occupied in dealing with complaints of heterodoxy made against various Eastern Bishops, Saint Agapitus died at Constantinople that same year. His body was taken to Rome and interred with those of his predecessors in the Basilica of Saint Peter. The Greeks commemorate him as a Saint on April 17, the anniversary of his death. Several of his letters are still extant.