I am Gelasius (Galasius), the African, Roman born Latin Rite Pope. I was elected as chief priest of the Church, Archbishop
of Rome, in 492 A.D. and among the first serving as Vicar of Christ. Previously, I served as archdeacon for Felix III.
My administration saw stresses in relations with the Eastern Emperor of the formerly Roman empire, Anastasius I.
I taught the separation of spiritual and earthly powers. The former is superior, the temporal later. I despised teachings with which I vehemently disagreed (e.g. the Henoticon).
I banned Christian involvement in the Lupercalia, pagan celebration. And, yes, I caused to be torched the books of the Manichean heresies. The 5th century year 496 A.D. saw the sunset of my life.
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By Deacon Keith A Fournier
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