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Leo I, Pope (Saint)
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(pope Sep 29, 440 – Nov 10, 461). Born to a Tuscan family, Leo early on played an influential role among the clergy in Rome, where he came forward with important initiatives and measures to protect the purity of the faith. From his pontificate there survives a substantial literary corpus: 173 letters (30 addressed to him) and 97 sermons. In combination with some other material, this corpus documents his pontificate in considerable detail. The fact that he and Gregory the Great are the only popes honored with the epithet the Great reflects his towering historical impor…

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Wyrwa, Dietmar, “Leo I, Pope (Saint)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 02 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_12899>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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