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Liberius (Bishop of Rome)
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Liberius (352–366 CE) is the first early Christian bishop of Rome who is not venerated as a saint, but as a confessor in the Roman Catholic Church (feast day Sep 23). He is a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church (feast day Aug 27). Liberius’ written output consists of four letters. He is presented as a saintly man, a popular bishop, and a fighter for orthodoxy by his Latin contemporaries Hilary of Poitiers, Ambrose of Milan, Jerome, Ammianus Marcellinus, and Sulpicius Severus; by 5th-century CE Greek church historians Theodoret of Cyrrhus, Socrates Scholasticus, and So…

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Sághy (†), Marianne, “Liberius (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 30 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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