590 POPE GREGORY THE GREAT
Formulated the official Papal policy regarding Jews; they were to be tolerated according to the regulations passed by the previous council. Gregory objected to forced baptism, but valued converts. This policy which was officially set in canon 60 of the council of Toledo(633), became the basis for the rejection of forced baptism by many Popes. Even anti- Jewish popes like Innocent III rejected forced baptism.
592 EASTERN EMPEROR MAURICE (Syria)
Punished the entire Jewish community of Antioch after a Jew violated one of his laws.
598 BISHOP VICTOR OF PALERMO (Sicily)
Confiscated the Synagogues of the city together with their guest houses. Since there was no provocation for his action, Pope Gregory forced Bishop Victor to make reparations. The building were not returned to the Jewish community since they had already be consecrated as church property. Gregory’s policy regarding synagogues was on one hand not to allow new synagogues to be built, on the other, leaving “the old ones undisturbed”.