Saturday, May 12, 2012

Murphysboro Centuries, 11th sacred

Pope Leo IX, 1049-1054
- a reformer of the church who tried to get rid of simony (buying church positions) and lay control over the church - (kings and princes had appointed whoever they wanted to be in church positions even if they weren’t Christians, and regularly sold offices to the highest bidder)
- led his own troops to fight against the Normans who were invading southern Italy
- he also released Edward the Confessor from a vow but made him start building a chapel that has become Westminster Cathedral
- he also received King MacBeth of Scotland and after his confession, forgave his sin

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