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St. Zosimus

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Feastday: December 26
Death: 418

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St. Zosimus was probably a Greek of Jewish descent. He was a priest recommended to Innocent I by John Chrysostom, and he was elected pope in 417. Innocent had condemned Pelagius and his follower Celestine as heretics, but Zosimus heard their case again and cleared their names. When the North African bishops appealed to the pope a year later, Zosimus reversed his decision. He upset the clergy of Gaul when he gave the see of Arles primacy over other sees in the country. As Zosimus planned to excommunicate the people of Ravenna for plotting against him, he fell ill and died, after a long illness, in 418.

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