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Sylvester, born in Rome, was ordained by Pope St. Marcellinus during the peace that preceded the
persecutions of Diocletian. He passed through those days of terror, witnessed the abdication of
Diocletian and Maximian, and saw the triumph of Constantine in the year 312. Two years later he
succeeded St. Melchiades as Bishop of Rome. In the same year, he sent four legates to represent him
at the great Council of the Western Church, held at Aries. He confirmed it's decision and imparted
them to the Church.
The Council of Nice was assembled during his reign, in the year 325, but not being able to
assist at it in person, on account of his great age, he sent his legates, who headed the list of
subscribers to its decrees, preceding the Patriarchs of Alexandria and Antioch. St. Sylvester was
Pope for twenty-four years and eleven months. He died in the year 335. His Feast Day is December
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