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Gelasius I, Pope
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(pontificate Mar 1, 492 – Nov 21, 496). According to the Liber pontificalis , Gelasius was an African. Entrusted with the papal correspondence under Simplicius and especially Felix III, in the context of the Acacian Schism, Gelasius maintained the schism with the East even after the death of Acacius of Constantinople. In a dispute with the emperor Anastasius, Gelasius developed the “two powers” doctrine, building on the doctrine of papal primacy stated by Leo I, in a situation where the popes were totally dependent on heretical Germanic kings (Odoacer, …

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Brennecke, Hanns Christof, “Gelasius I, Pope”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 June 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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