St. Leo the Great

St. Leo the Great

St. Leo the Great (+ 461).  Born on the Tuscan Plain, Italy, he became pope in 440. A true shepherd and father of his people, he constantly strove to preserve the integrity of the faith, defended the unity of the Church, repelled or at least alleviated the incursions of the barbarians, whence he earned his title of greatness.

Picture: Raphael’s The Meeting between Leo the Great and Attila depicts Leo, escorted by Saint Peter and Saint Paul, meeting with the Hun king outside Rome

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