St Simplicius

(d. 483)

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(d. 483),

Pope from 468. During his pontificate, which was marked by the deposition of the last western emperor (476), followed by the rule of an Arian as king of Italy, and by the spread of the Monophysite heresy, he advanced the jurisdictional claims and the prestige of the Roman see. In the E. he successfully intervened in defence of the Chalcedonian formula against its Monophysite critics. Feast day (local), 2 or 10 Mar.

Subjects: Christianity.

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