St. Zosimus I, Pope of Rome
St. Zosimus was probably a Greek of Jewish descent. He was a priest
Innocent I by
John Chrysostom, and he was elected pope in
417. Innocent had condemned
Pelagius and his follower Celestine as
heretics, but Zosimus heard their case again and cleared their names. When
the North African bishops appealed to the pope a year later, Zosimus
reversed his decision. He upset the clergy of Gaul when he gave the see of
Arles primacy over other sees in the country. As Zosimus planned to
excommunicate the people of
Ravenna for plotting against him, he fell ill
and died, after a long illness, in 418.
Karen Rae Keck
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