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Leo VII, Pope

LEO VII, POPE

Pontificate: Jan. 936 to July 13, 939; b. Rome. A priest of St. Sixtus and probably a Benedictine, he was promoted to the papacy by Alberic II, on whose favor he was wholly dependent. Together they promoted the reform of gorze and the cluniac reform. At Leo's invitation Abbot odo of cluny came to Rome, where he was effective both as a peacemaker and as a stimulator of spiritual revival. Leo's surviving letters indicate his interest in cluny and subiaco, whose rights he confirmed, and in the rebirth of Christian life in France. He sent the pallium to adaldag of BremenHamburg (c. 937) and appointed Abp. Frederick of Mainz apostolic vicar and legate for all Germany, charging him with the reform of the clergy of every rank. His advice to Frederick regarding the Jews was something less than permissive: he forbade their forced conversion but allowed Frederick to expel them from the cities unless they accepted the Christian faith.

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