Death of Pope Sixtus III

Death of Pope Sixtus III

Pope Sixtus III

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Pope Sixtus III dies in Rome. Originally a patron of Pelagius, Sixtus III left the Pelagian heresy behind and after some effort was able to adopt a more orthodox form of Christianity.

His experiences probably encouraged him to be more sympathetic to heretics generally. He seems to have treated them as honestly misguided rather than deliberately promoting error. As a result, Pope Sixtus III made great strides with improving relations between the orthodox Church and heretical sects like the Alexandrians, the Nestorians, and the Antiochenes.

In the political sphere, Pope Sixtus III was heavily involved with repairing the damage done to Rome by the Visigoths who sacked the city in 410.

A large number of buildings still had to be repaired and rebuilt when he was elected pope in 432. One of the most famous building projects which Pope Sixtus III started was the Maria Maggiore (St. Mary Marjor). The mosaics in this church depict the growing influence that the veneration Mary has been having on Catholicism.

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