Ormisda, deacon and counselor of Pope Simmarco, succeeded him at his death on July 19, 514 and, in less than ten years, managed to reestablish the supremacy of the Church of Rome over Costantinopolis, putting an end in 519 to the schism of Acacio, which began in the East under Pope Felice II.
Sant’ Ormisda was born in Frosinone and his relics are kept in the Cathedral of Santa Maria, declared Holy Door during the Jubilee of Mercy. Thanks to his diplomacy and carefulness he could maintain a good relationship with the Emperor Theodoric.
After conquering the Eastern world, Ormisda pursued a peaceful coexistence with the temporal power and Theodoric granted the Church the same privileges as the previous emperors, such as the right of asylum and tax exemptions.
Benedictine scholars recently pointed out that it was Pope Ormisda who put an end to the chaos within the monastic order and ordered St. Benedict to write a collection of rules for his monks.
But the most important merit of Pope Ormisda, died on August 6, 523, is the legal and theological acknowledgement by the Eastern world of the Church of Rome’s supremacy. On his grave in St Peter’s Basilica you can read in fact: “The defeated Greece submitted to him, glad to have recovered the lost faith”