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Saint Gregory the Great

Was born in Rome, c.540AD, the son of Gordianus, who later became one of the seven Deacons of Rome.

Emperor Justin the Younger appointed Saint Gregory as Chief Magistrate of Rome, even though he was only 34 years old at the time.

The Benedictine Monastery of Saint Andrew was established by Saint Gregory in his own house in Rome, and additionally he established six other Monasteries in Sicily.

At the age of 35 he became a Monk of the Benedictine Monastery.

After the death of Pope Pellagius II ( Pope 579-590 ) he was chosen unanimously by the priests and people as the new Pope.

His zeal extended over the whole Christian world. In spite of poor health, he laboured constantly in the Lord's Vineyard, and also composed an amazing number of works. He was known above all for his brilliant contributions to the Liturgy of the Mass and Office.

His two most influential works were "Pastoral Care" ( Regula Pastoralis ), a guide to the life and duties of a Bishop, and his "Dialogues"

On September 20, 1295 he had the title "Doctor of the Church" conferred on him by Pope Boniface VIII.

He died on March 12, 604, and was canonised by popular acclaim, which was the method used in the early days of Christianity.

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