Papacy - A Historical Perspective
St. Damasus I : 366-384 A.D.
37. Born in Spain. Elected October 1, 366 - died December 11, 384.
Damasus was a learned Pope. He
authorized the signing of the
by alternate choirs ( Ambrosian rite ) instituted by St. Ambrogio.
the translation of the Sacred Scripture, introduced the use of the word
“ Alleluia”, and called the 2nd Ecumenical Council.
He is especially remembered
for the restoration of the catacombs and the construction and care of
He is buried in the Church of San Lorenzo in Damaso in Rome
that was built during his pontificate. His pontificate lasted 18 years.
St. Siricius : 384-399 A.D.
38. Born in Rome. Elected December 15, 384 - died November 26, 399.
He was the first, from the time of
St. Peter, to assume the
of Pope, from the Greek “papa” which means father although others
it is a anagram formed from “Petri, Apostoli, Potestatem, Accipiens”.
sustained the necessity of celibacy for priest and deacon.
During his pontificates
many churches were built, including the Basilica of San Paolo in the
proportion as it is today.
He is buried in the Church of S. Prassede in
Rome. He governed the Church for about 15 years.
St. Anastasius I : 399-401 A.D.
39. Born in Rome. Elected November 27, 399 - died December 19, 401.
He settled the schism between Rome and
the church of Antiochia.
fought the followers of immoral practices who maintained that the
was also hidden in material things.
He prescribed that priest must stand
while listening to the Gospels and that no one with physical defects
become a priest. .
His remains rest in the church of San Martino ai
Monti in Rome. He was Pope for a little over 2 years.
St. Innocent I : 401-417 A.D.
40. Born in Albano ( Rome ) . Elected December 22, 401 - died March
He witnessed the sacking of Rome by the
Goths of Alaric.
the observance of the Roman rites, the catalogue of canonical books. He
ruled the relations between the Christians, the Jews and the pagans.
persuaded Honorius to prohibit gladiator contests in the circus.
I confirmed the tradition of not celebrating mass on Holy Friday.
is buried in the church of San Martino ai Monti in Rome. He governed
Church for 15 years and 3 months.
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