Western Christian Church Tries Imposing Latin Rites on Greek Churches in Italy Hot

Western Christian Church Tries Imposing Latin Rites on Greek Churches in Italy

Map of the Great Schism, 1054

Great Schism: The Western Christian Church, in an effort to further enhance its power, had tried to impose Latin rites on Greek churches in southern Italy in 1052; as a consequence, Latin churches in Constantinople were closed.

Eventually, this leads to the excommunication of Michael Cerularius, patriarch of Constantinople (who in turn excommunicates Pope Leo IX).

On this Saturday afternoon, legates from Rome try to put the Bull of Excommunication from Pope Leo IX on the altar of the Hagia Sophia.

Although generally regarded as a minor event at the time, today it is treated as the final event that sealed the Great Schism between Eastern and Western Christianity.

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