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Liberius, Pope
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(episcopate May 17, 352 – Sep 24, 366). Liberius, the successor to Julius I as bishop of Rome, refused to sign the condemnation of Athanasius, because the proceedings against him had not followed ecclesiastical norms. He was therefore exiled to Beroea in Thrace (356–358) by Emperor Constantius II. His experience in exile soon caused him to change his mind. Although he was fundamentally an adherent of the Nicene Creed, he signed the theological formula of the Homoeans in 357 (Sirmium II) and was allowed to return to Rome, where he had to contend with the “antipope” Felix II, a…

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Bienert, Wolfgang A., “Liberius, Pope”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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