Pope Leo I

Leo I
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Papacy began29 September 440
Papacy ended10 November 461
PredecessorPope Sixtus III
SuccessorPope Hilarius
Personal details
Birth nameunknown
Bornc. 400
unknown
Died10 November 461
Rome
Other Popes named Leo
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Leo I (Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Language/data/iana scripts' not found.; c. 400 – 10 November 461), also known as Leo the Great, was an Italian priest of the Roman Catholic Church and the 45th Pope from 29 September 440 to his death on 10 November 461.[1]

Early life

Nothing is known about his early life. Little is known about his early work in the church. The first unmistakable reference to Pope Leo is in 429 when he was only a deacon.[2]

Pope

Leo was made Bishop of Rome on 29 September 440.[3] In other words, he became pope.[4]

Leo is one of only two popes who are called "the Great". The other "great" is the first pope named Gregory.[5]

In 452, Leo I peacefully convinced Attila the Hun not to destroy and plunder Rome. This made him a legendary figure in Italy.

Leo also wrote many scholarly books. One of them, a "Tome" on the Nature of Christ, was read out to both the Roman Emperor and to the Patriarch of Constantinople. Afterwards, they followed Leo's recommendations, and officially accepted certain religious matters, and rejected others. These decisions had many political implications, in many areas of the Eastern Roman Empire, for centuries to come.

Related pages

References

  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2013-3-11.
  2. "Leo I," Encyclopedia Britannica (1911), pp. 955.
  3. Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. (1839). "Leo I," Penny cyclopaedia, p. 425.
  4. "Pope St. Leo I (the Great)," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2013-3-11.
  5. "Pope St. Gregory (the Great)," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2013-3-13.

Other websites

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  • 15px "Pope Leo I". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
  • Catholic Hierarchy, Popes in sequence
Preceded by
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Pope
440–461
Succeeded by
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