St Siricius

(c. 334—399)

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Bp. of Rome from 384. His pontificate marked a stage in the development of Papal authority. His letter to Himerius, Bp. of Tarragona (385), advocating relatively lenient treatment of penitents, is the first Papal decretal; and the disciplinary canons of a synod held in Rome in 386 were sent to the African Church. Feast day, 26 Nov.

Subjects: Christianity.

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