May 25

Saint Gregory VII pope

May 25th XI century

Saint Gregory VII, Pope from 1073 to 1085, who was previously named Hildebrand, led a monastic life and contributed to the reform of the Church in several Pontifical legations of his time, and once elevated to the Chair of Peter, claimed responsibility with great authority and strong encouragement for the freedom of the Church with respect to the power of the princes and bravely defended the saintctity of the priesthood. Being forced to leave Rome for this reason, he died in exile in Salerno, Campania. Roman martyrology