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Pope Liberius

Pope
Liberius
Papacy began 17 May 352
Papacy ended 24 September 366
Predecessor Julius I
Successor Damasus I
Personal details
Birth name Liberius
Died 24 September 366(366-09-24)
Papal styles of
Pope Liberius
Reference style His Holiness
Spoken style Your Holiness
Religious style Holy Father
Posthumous style none

Pope Liberius (died 24 September 366) was Pope from 17 May 352 to his death in 366.[1] According to the Catalogus Liberianus, he was consecrated on 22 May as the successor of Pope Julius I.

Contents

  • Life 1
  • Legacy 2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Life

He is not mentioned as a saint in the Roman Martyrology. His first recorded act was, after a synod had been held at Rome, to write to Emperor Constantius II, then in quarters at Arles (353–354), asking that a council might be called at Aquileia with reference to the affairs of Athanasius of Alexandria, but his messenger Vincentius of Capua was compelled by the emperor at a conciliabulum held in Arles to subscribe against his will to a condemnation of the orthodox patriarch of Alexandria.[1]

At the end of an exile of more than two years in

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Julius I
Bishop of Rome
Pope

352–366
Succeeded by
Damasus I
  • Translation of Jaffe-Kaltenbrunner's Register of the Roman Pontiff.

External links

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References

  1. ^ a b c d  
  2. ^ Byfiend, Ted, ed. Darkness Descends, pg. 35
  3. ^  
  4. ^ "On Monday, August 27, 2012 we celebrate". Online Chapel. Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 

Notes

The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome is sometimes referred to as the Liberian Basilica.

In the Eastern Orthodox Church, he is a saint whose feast is celebrated on August 27.[4]

Pope Pius IX noted in Quartus Supra that Liberius was falsely accused by the Arians and he had refused to condemn Athanasius of Alexandria[1]. In his encyclical Principi Apostolorum Petro, Pope Benedict XV noted that Pope Liberius went fearlessly into exile in defence of the orthodox faith. [2]

Legacy

Some historians have postulated that Liberius resigned the papacy in 365, in order to make sense of the reign of Antipope Felix II.[3]

After the death of the Emperor Constantius in 361, Liberius annulled the decrees of that assembly but, with the concurrence of bishops Athanasius and Hilary of Poitiers, retained the bishops who had signed and then withdrew their adherence. In 366, Liberius gave a favourable reception to a deputation of the Eastern episcopate, and admitted into his communion the more moderate of the old Arian party. He died on 24 September 366.[1]

[1] (359).Council of Rimini, a year passed before Liberius was sent to Rome. It was the emperor's intention that Liberius should govern the Church jointly with Felix, but on the arrival of Liberius, Felix was expelled by the Roman people. Neither Liberius nor Felix took part in the Antipope Felix II the emperor recalled him, but, as the Roman See was officially occupied by [2]

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