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Palladius (Saint)
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Palladius (Saint), Celtic bishop, most probably from Gaul, who served as bishop of Ireland. The scope of his activities remains uncertain, owing in particular to an early confusion with the mission of Patrick. The chronicle written by Prosper of Aquitaine (MGH.AA 9, 473) mentions Palladius in 429 as missionary to Ireland, and then in 431 as the first bishop of the Christian Irish. In Rome, it was apparently feared that Christianity in Ireland, which had already gained a foothold in the late 4th century, might be jeopardized by Pelagianism (Pelagius). At the suggestion…

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Padberg, Lutz E. v., “Palladius (Saint)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 11 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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