Zosimus, Pope + Pope from 417-41 8. A Greek, he succeeded Pope St. Innocent I (r. 401-417) on March 18, 417. He devoted most of his brief reign to advancing the cause of papal supremacy, albeit with very little success. While personally blameless in his private life, Zosimus did have a tactless and hasty personality, so much so that he found himself embroiled in various clashes with prelates throughout the Church. In fact he died while preparing to excommunicate a group of troublesome clerics. Zosimus wrote Episiola Thactaria, condemning Pelagianism. Since he was much disliked in Rome, his passing on December 27 brought celebrations in the streets. Feast day: December 26.
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