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Damasus (Bishop of Rome)
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Damasus (366–384 CE; feast day Dec 11) is the first bishop to emerge from the scarce historical documentation of the first 300 years of the church in Rome with a strong profile, an ambitious program, and a momentous religious, political, and cultural legacy. His rough-and-tumble pontificate is a milestone in the post-Constantinian rise of the Roman bishop and the primacy of the see of Rome.

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Sághy (†), Marianne and Trout, Dennis, “Damasus (Bishop of Rome)”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 04 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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