Feastday of St. Agatho: January 10th
When did St. Agatho live: in the Seventh century
According to a legend, Agatho was elected Pope in 678, when he would have been 103 years old. He had been a monk before his election and had great knowledge of Latin and Greek. Soon after his election, he received a letter from the emperor Constantin who wanted him to send a few representatives of the Catholic Church to Constantinople. The aim of this reunion should have been an episcopal council. The Pope chose his representatives during an Italian Council and approved of the letter and the conditions that he wanted the representatives to stand for. The Sixth Ecumenical Council(680-681) accepted Agatho's definitions of the two wills of Christ, although the pope did not attend the council. Agatho died during a plague in 681.
Statues and handmade sculptures from Val Gardena of St. Agatho in portrayal, imagery and emblem: The statue above represents St. Agatho in his religious gown, the tiara, the papal cross and a few books.