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Feastday: November 26
Death: 399
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A deacon under Popes Liberius and Damasus I, Pope/St. Siricius was born in Rome c. 334 and was elected to the papacy in 384. Opposed briefly by Ursinus, he was the first pope to issue decretals, directives written in the style of edicts and carrying the force of law. In 386, he issued a decretal calling for clerical celibacy and threatening sanctions against the unchaste. Siricius presided at the synod that excommunicated Jovinian in 392/93 for saying that the Theotokos lost her virginity when she bore Jesus. Siricius also condemned Bonosus of Niassus for saying that the Theotokos and St. Joseph had children together after the birth of Jesus. Siricius died in 399, and his tomb was a popular pilgrim's destination in the VII Century.

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