Having lived during the reign of Constantine, St. Sylvester was the Pope who presided over the transformation resulting from the fact that the Church was emerging from persecution to assume her role as queen, leaving the catacombs and beginning to occupy palaces.
He was the Pontiff who accompanied the Church’s passage from the catacombs like a rising sun. Under his directives and inspiration, the work began which surrounded the Church with a luxury and a splendor that repaired the years of undeserved misery spent in the catacombs.
Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira
In the featured photo: St. Sylvester – Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris; in background, Basilica of St. John Lateran, Rome