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Constance, Council of
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The reform Council of Constance met from 1414 to 1418. The joint efforts of the German king, Sigismund (1410–1437), and the pope of the Pisan obedience (Pisa, Council of), John XXIII, to heal the Western Schism led to a council held in the imperial free city of Constance; it became the largest ecclesiastical congress of the Middle Ages. Its major tasks were to restore the unity of the church (causa unionis), oppose the heresies of J. Wycliffe and J. Hus (causa fidei), and reform the church (causa reformationis). When John XXIII sought to evade the council's demand t…

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Schneider, Hans, “Constance, Council of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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