St. Hormisdas Pope
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Pope from 514-523, successor to St.
Symmachus, and father of Pope St. Silverius Born in Frosinone, Campagna di Roma, Italy, he was
an Italian, although he had a Persian name. Married and widowed prior to ordination, he succeeded
St. Symmachus on July 21, 514. One of his great achievements was the ending of the Acacian
Schism which had divided the Eastern and Western Churches since 484. The Church in Constantinople
was reunited to Rome in 519 as a result of the confession called the Formula of Hormisdas. This
document was signed by Patriarch John of Constantinople and 250 Eastern bishops. Hormisdas also
received Laurentian schismatics into the Church and secured the acceptance of the Tome of Leo I and
the decrees of the Council of Chalcedon and the recognition of the authority of the Holy See over
the universal Church.
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