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Fourth Constantinople Council Condemns Iconoclasm

Byzantine Iconoclasm
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The Fourth Constantinople Council closes. Under the direction of Pope Adrian II in the West and Emperor Basil I in the East, the Fourth Constantinople Council condemns iconoclasm and is the last ecumenical council held in the East.

The Fourth Constantinople Council was the eighth Catholic Ecumenical Council and the first that demonstrates a growing division between the Western Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christians.

This council deposes Photios, a layman who had been installed as Patriarch of Constantinople, and replaced him with his predecessor Ignatius. In less than ten years, though, the Eastern Orthodox churches hold their own "Fourth Council of Constantinople" after the reinstatement of Photius; today Photius is revered by Eastern Orthodox Christians as a saint.

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