Pope Mark

May 17, 2022

Today’s saint of the day is Pope Mark. 

According to historians, Pope Mark succeeded Sylvester I to become the Roman Pope on January 18, 336. He served in the papal capacity for Rome for the duration of his life until he died on October 7, 336. One of Pope Mark’s greatest achievements is founding the Basilica San Marco during his papacy. This important historical monument became the center of the Roman patriarchy in the early 18th century, around 1807.

Fun Fact: Venetians and locals often refer to The Basilica San Marco as St. Mark’s Basilica in honor of its founder.

One important role of the Basilica San Marco is housing and keeping safe historical relics, including that of the patron saint of Venice, Saint Mark the Evangelist. While other specific contributions to the Roman church by Pope Mark remain either unknown or shrouded in secrecy, historians believe Mark had a lasting and substantial impact on the Roman church and its policies during his time as the Pope.

Pope Mark died on 7 October 336, and his body was buried in Balbina. Later, his body was exhumed and moved to his papal home in the Basilica San Marco. To honor his life and death, his ashes were placed under the church’s altar. 

Pope Mark’s Feast Day is celebrated annually to commemorate the date of his death.

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