in the year 640
. A Roman and the son of one Abienus, Severinus was elected on the third day after the death of his predecessor, and envoys were at once sent to Constantinople
, to obtain the confirmation of his election in October 638
. But the Emperor, instead of granting the confirmation, ordered Severinus to sign his Ecthesis
, a Monothelite
profession of faith. When Severinus refused, he was kept out of the Papal See for almost two years. He died soon afterwards, however.