Gregory I


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Gregory I

Saint, known as Gregory the Great. ?540--604 ad, pope (590--604), who greatly influenced the medieval Church. He strengthened papal authority by centralizing administration, tightened discipline, and revised the liturgy. He appointed Saint Augustine missionary to England. Feast day: March 12 or Sept. 3
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Beginning in the first part but clearly threaded through the whole book is Demacopoulos's treatment of Gregory I's asceticism, which was not a private regime of fasting and self-flagellation but a thoroughly public series of practices, the goal of which was liberation from one's selfish desires in order unreservedly to serve the needs of others.
He himself translated Pope Gregory I's Pastoral Care, the world history by the 5th-century historian and theologian Paulus Orosius, and The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius.
Andrew Cook's biogaphy of Maundy Gregory is to be published by Sutton Publishers in 2007.