Hildebrand of Sovana

[Pope Gregory VII]

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Pope Saint Gregory VII (c. 1015/1028 – 25 May 1085), born Hildebrand of Sovana, was Pope from 22 April 1073 until his death.

One of the great reforming popes, he is perhaps best known for the part he played in the Investiture Controversy, his dispute with Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor that affirmed the primacy of papal authority and the new canon law governing the election of the pope by... more »

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  • ''I have loved justice and hated iniquity: therefore I die in exile.''
    Pope Gregory VII (c. 1020-1085), Italian cleric, pope. quoted in The Life and Pontificate of Gregory VII, vol. 2, bk. 3, ch. 20, J.W. Bowden (1840). ...
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