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Name:
Pope Leo I (the Great)
Preceeded by: St. Sixtus III (432 - 440)
Succeeded by: St. Hilarius (461 - 468)
Roman Catholic Pope #45

Dates:
Born: ?
Died: 461
Pope: August or September 440 - November 10, 461 (21 years)

Biography:
Leo the Great (440 - 461), also known as Leo I, played an important role in the development of the doctrine of papal primacy. Leo argued that popes were direct successors of the original apostles into whose care Jesus had entrusted the care and growth of Christianity. Hence, anyone who rejected papal authority was placed him- or herself outside the "body of Christ."

Leo got the name "the Great" because of his political achievements. In 452 he was able to convince Attila the Hun not to take over the city of Rome. Later, in 455, he also negotiated with the Vandal forces which had marched on Rome - although he was not able to get them to stay away this time, they did agree not to burn the city.

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