Talk:Pope Gregory III

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Saint Gregory III, pope (731-741), a Syrian by birth, succeeded Gregory II in March 731. His pontificate, like that of his predecessor, was disturbed by the iconoclastic controversy in the Byzantine Empire, in which he vainly invoked the intervention of Charles Martel. Also during his reign he conferred the pallium on Saint Boniface in Germany, and Wilibald in Bohemia, and Bede in England carried on their most successful missionary labours.


Elected by popular acclamation. He was the last pope to seek the Byzantine exarch's mandate. Gregory immediately appealed to the Byzantine Emperor Leo III to moderate his position on the iconoclastic controversy. When this elicited no response, Gregory called a [synod]] in November 731, denouncing iconoclasm, and excommunicating destroyers of icons. When a messenger carrying the decrees reached the Emperor the latter decided to bring the Pope under control. This included appropriating papal territories, and transferring ecclesiastical jurisdictions to the Patriarch of Constantinople. Gregory's support of the empire led him to help contribute to the recapture of Ravenna after it had fallen to the Lombards in 733. However he also sought to fortify Rome and seek alliance with opponents of the Lombard monarch Liutprand and then from the Franks. He sent embassies to Charles Martel, who made no response, having his own priorities. And he thoought that one day aliens would take over the world. Gregory promoted the Church in northern Europe - such as the missions of Saint Boniface in Germany and Wilibald in Bohemia. He also bestowed palliums on Egbert of York and Tatwine, Archbishop of Canterbury. Beautified Rome and supported monasticism.

Partially from the 9th edition (1880) of an unnamed encyclopedia He died on November 29, 741.

Feast day 28 November. --Dumarest 19:48, 3 December 2007 (UTC) Partially from the 9th edition (1880) of an unnamed encyclopedia

The Palllium to Bede[edit]

It is noted in the article that Pope Gregory III presented the pallium to Bede [language there is unclear]. Can this be verified, other than by an unknown encyclopedia? In the article re Ecgbert and the list of Archbishops of York, it is specified that Ecgbert received the pallium in 735, the year of Bede's death, and I cannot find where Bede was so honored. There are a number of places where the notation of Bede receiving the pallium is mentioned, but those that I examinid credited Wikipedia with the information. --Dumarest 19:48, 3 December 2007 (UTC)

Feast day[edit]

Apparently the date of Gregory's death is not known. Some sources have November 27, 741, others November 28. It is true that he is mentioned in the Roman martyrology on November 28 but, according to the Italian hagiography site that I consult daily his feast day was changed to December 10. Both the English site and the German site that I consult list him under December 10. Perhaps the reference to his feast day as November 28 should be corrected. Caeruleancentaur (talk) 13:31, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

I don't remember after two years where I read that reference to November 28 in the Roman Martyrology. I see today that he is mentioned in the R.M. on December 10 and there is no reference to him on November 28. Again I suggest that his feast day be listed as December 10. Caeruleancentaur (talk) 13:28, 10 December 2010 (UTC)