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Pope Sixtus III
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Papacy began July 31 432
Papacy ended August 18 440
Predecessor Celestine I
Successor Leo I
Personal details
Birth name ???
Born not known
Died August 6, 440
Rome, Western Roman Empire
Papal styles of
Pope Sixtus III

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Reference style His Holiness
Spoken style Your Holiness
Religious style Holy Father
Posthumous style Saint

Pope Saint Sixtus III was pope from July 31 432 to August 18 440.

The name of Sixtus is often connected with a great building boom in Rome: Santa Sabina on the Aventine Hill was dedicated during his pontificate and he built Santa Maria Maggiore, whose dedication to Mary the Mother of God reflected his acceptance of the Ecumenical council of Ephesus which closed in 431. At that council the debate over Christ's human and divine natures turned on whether Mary could legitimately be called the "Mother of God" or only "Mother of Christ". The council gave her the Greek title Theotokos (literally "God-bearer", or "Mother of God"), and the dedication of the large church in Rome is a response to that.

Prior to being made pope Sixtus was a patron of Pelagius, who was later condemned as a heretic.[1]

One of his main concerns was in restoring peace between Cyril of Alexandria and the Syrians.

He also maintained the rights of the pope over Illyria and the position of the archbishop of Thessalonica as head of the Illyrian church.

References

  1. ^ Brown, Peter. "Pelagius and his Supporters." Journal of Theological Studies. 1968.XIX.1(93-114).

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Celestine I
Pope
432–440
Succeeded by
Leo I
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