Monday, June 27

Who was Saint Silvestre, the last “saint” of the year and the first “legal” pope of Christianity


  • Edison Veiga
  • BBC News Brazil, Rome

A fresco by an unknown author shows Pope Sylvester with Emperor Constantine

Image source, Public domain

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A fresco by an unknown author shows Pope Sylvester with Emperor Constantine.

During the first centuries of Christianity, that new religion of the followers of Jesus was not well regarded.

The first Christians prayed underground and, not infrequently, were persecuted and killed by Roman soldiers.

This is because Christians did not worship the emperor, they had another type of king, and they also refused to serve in the army.

It was through his political skill that Emperor Constantine (272-337), with Rome in a context of decline, promulgated, together with Emperor Licinius (250-325), the Edict of Milan, officially ending religious persecution. .


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