Pope Pelagius II confirms Grado as the new metropolitan see of the ecclesiastical province of Venetia et Histria; 11th-century forgery.
Helias, patriarcha Aquileiensis
The acts of the synod of Grado, heavily interpolated by later falsifications, by which the bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Aquileia remain faithful to the Catholic creed as decreed by the Ecumenical Councils of Chalcedon (451), Ephesus (431), Constantinople I (381) and Nicaea (325), refusing to denounce the Three Chapters condemned by the Second Ecumenical Council of Constantinople (552).
Pope Pelagius II writes to Helias, the patriarch of Aquileia, and all the bishops of Istria, the province whose prelates still persevered in their refusal to condemn the three chapters denounced by the Fifth Ecumenical Council (Constantinople II) of 553, urging them to desist from their schismatic ways and return to the embrace of the Catholic Church.
Following the death of Aquileian patriarch Helias, his successor, Patriarch Severus, together with three other bishops (including the bishop of Poreč, John) are imprisoned in Ravenna by the Byzantine exarch Smaragdus; in order to buy their freedom, the prelates agree to condemn the Three Chapters and reunite with Rome, a move that greatly angers other bishops in the ecclesiastical province of Aquileia. Finally, a synod is held in Marano (591) whereby Patriarch Severus is forced to formally acknowledge the error of his ways in supporting the condemnation of the Three Chapters (narrative accounts from Paul the Deacon's History of the Lombards).
The bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Aquileia write to emperor Maurice, beseeching him not to allow their metropolitan, Archbishop Severus of Aquileia, who was forcefully taken to the pope in Rome, to be put on trial and judged by the adversaries of the Three Chapters, that is, the non-schismatic clergy; the bishops expound their viewpoints on the theological controversy, their fealty to the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon, and why they refuse to denounce the so-called Three Chapters condemned by Emperor Justinian I and the Ecumenical Council of Constantinople in 553.