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St Otto

(1060—1139)


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(1062/3–1139),

the ‘Apostle of Pomerania’. He was nominated Bp. of Bamberg in 1102 and consecrated in 1106. He tried to maintain a neutral attitude in the Investiture Controversy, though his sympathies were with the Pope. He went to Pomerania in 1124, after the Pomeranians had promised to accept Christianity as a condition of peace. He converted many of the important towns and most of the nobles. Feast day, 30 Sept.; in the Roman Martyrology, 2 July.

Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).


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