Pope Gregory VII

Pope Gregory VII

Gregory VII, pope (1028-1085).  Born Hildebrand in Tuscany, after a Roman education, he became a monk of great assistance to the popes who were working to reform the Church.  He himself was elected to that office in 1073 and was greatly opposed by Emperor Henry IV.  He fled to Salerno, where he eventually died.

Picture: Pope Saint Gregory VII saying Mass (inspired by the Holy Spirit)

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