Daily Martyrology for April 22

At Constantinople, in 536, the death of St. Agapitus, pope. He was a learned man and a friend of Cassiodorus, with whom he planned to start a university in Rome. He was elected pope when he was already elderly. He went to Constantinople to dissuade Justinian from invading Italy. He failed in that mission, but managed to have the Monothelite patriarch of Constantinople replaced by St. Mennas.

In 1091, at the abbey of Brauweiler, Blessed Wolfhelm, abbot. He was educated at the cathedral school at Cologne, where he became a canon. He then joined the Monastery of Saint Maximinus at Trier, but was called back to the abbey of Saint Pantaleon in Cologne. He was abbot successively of Gladbach, Siegburg and Brauweiler. In his theological writings, he argued for the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist and against the idea that pagan and Christian philosophy are necessarily in conflict.

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Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.