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Zosimus, Pope (Saint)
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Zosimus, of Greek descent, was pope from Mar 18, 417 to Dec 26, 418. His pontificate is controversial, because during the Pelagian controversy (Pelagius/Pelagians) he advocated rehabilitating Celestius, who had presented a confession of faith but was forced to retract his support by a synod in Carthage in 418. Zosimus also created unrest among the Gallic bishops, because in an effort to reinforce Roman primacy he bestowed metropolitan rights on the bishop of Arles.


Sources: CPL 1644–1647

CSEL 35/1, 99–117

LP 1, 223–224

RPR 1, 49–51

Mansi 4,…

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Holze, Heinrich, “Zosimus, Pope (Saint)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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