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The Fathers, Volume II

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The Fathers, Volume II, by Pope Benedict XVI.


St. Leo the Great ... St. Gregory the Great ... St. Maximus the Confessor ... Bede, the Venerable ... St. Boniface ... St. Theodore the Studite ... St. Peter Damien ... Peter the Venerable ... and more.

These illustrious Church Fathers are the first and second generations of the Church, following the Apostles. It is upon their backs that the Church s journey through history is established and solidified.

By defending the newborn Christianity to the point of death and explaining the content of the Faith in a language understandable to the faithful, the Apostolic Fathers created a timeless anchor of faith that extends through the challenges of today.

From St. Leo the Great through St. Maximus the Confessor through Peter the Venerable and St. Bernard, the Fathers of the Church exhorted believers in the face of persecution while fighting heresies and misunderstandings. They were theologians and philosophers, orators, and pastors, leaders and problem solvers, martyrs and heroes.

In Volume II of this popular series of papal talks on the Fathers of the Church, Pope Benedict XVI carefully explains their rich history and the vital role each one played not only in preserving the Church at the time, but also in anchoring the Church of today as well as the future.




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St. Gregory the Great

St. Gregory the Great Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/03
Tridentine Calendar - 09/03

Patron Of: Choir Members, Educators, Masons, Musicians, School Children, Singers, Students, Teachers

    Son of Gordianus, a Roman regionarius, and Saint Silvia of Rome. Nephew of Saint Emiliana and Saint Tarsilla. Great-grandson of Pope Saint Felix III. Educated by the finest teachers in Rome. Prefect of Rome for a year, then he sold his possessions, turned his home into a Benedictine monastery, and used his money to build six monasteries in Sicily and one in Rome. Benedictine monk. Upon seeing English children being sold in the Roman Forum, he became a missionary to England.

    Elected 64th Pope by unanimous acclamation on 3 September 590, the first monk to be chosen. Sent Saint Augustine of Canterbury and a company of monks to evangelize England, and other missionaries to France, Spain, and Africa. Collected the melodies and plain chant so associated with him that they are now known as Gregorian Chants. One of the four great Doctors of the Latin Church. Wrote seminal works on the Mass and Office.

    c.540 at Rome, Italy

Papal Ascension
    3 September 590

    12 March 604 at Rome, Italy

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St. Leo IX

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 04/19

Also known as
    Apostolic Pilgrim
    Bruno of Egisheim
    Bruno of Eguisheim-Dagsburg
    Pilgrim Pope

    19 April

    Son of Count Hugh of Egisheim. Cousin of Emperor Conrad II. Chapter canon of Saint Stephen's, Toul. Deacon. Soldier and officer in the imperial army. In 1021, while still in the military, he was chosen bishop of Toul, France, a position he held for 20 years. Commanded troops under emperor Conrad II in the invasion of Italy in 1026. Very disciplined himself, he brought order to the monasteries in his diocese, discipline to the clergy, and the Cluniac reform to many of his houses. Mediator between France and the Holy Roman Empire. Chosen 151st pope with the support of the Roman citizens and Henry III of Germany.

    Leo brought his reforming, disciplinary ways to the Church as a whole, reforming houses and parishes, fighting simony, enforcing clerical celibacy, encouraging liturgical development and the use of chant. He brought Hildebrand, later Pope Saint Gregory VII, to Rome as his spiritual advisor. Fought the coming Great Schism between the Eastern and Western churches. He received the nickname of Pilgrim Pope due to his travels through Europe, enforcing his reforms, insisting that his bishops, clergy, and councils follow suit. Held synods at Pavia, Rheims, Mainz and Vercelli where he condemned the heresy of Berengarius of Tours. Authorized the consecration of the first native bishop of Iceland. Peacemaker in Hungary. Proposed that Popes be elected only by cardinals.

    Leo's papacy was marred by his military action. He added new Italian regions to the papal states, and when Normans invaded these areas in 1053, he personally led an army to throw them out. This resulted in wide-spread criticism, defeat in the field, his capture at Civitella, and several months imprisonment at Benevento. He spent his time there well, learning Greek to better understand the writings of the Eastern Church, but his health suffered badly, and died soon after his release.

    21 June 1002 at Egisheim, Alsace as Bruno of Eguisheim-Dagsburg

Papal Ascension
    12 February 1049

    19 April 1054 in Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy of natural causes


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