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108. St. Gregory Nazianzen
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St. Gregory Nazianzen
Born - 329
Died - 25 January 389

Feastday - 2 January (25 January Eastern Orthodox)

Statue created - c.1669-1670
The statue is part of a group of 16 installed between 1 May 1669 and 5 August 1670.

Sculptor - Giovanni Maria De Rossi
He received payments for 5 statues December 1668 and December 1669.  The five statues by De Rossi are: (108), (107), (106), (105), (104)

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The holy Archbishop of Constantinople is depicted in bishop's robes, but without the miter. He holds in his right hand a volume, a symbol of his many works of theology.

Gregory was recognized as one of the greatest orators in the Christian Church.His defense of the doctrine of the Trinity made him one of the greatest champions of orthodoxy against Arianism. He is a Doctor of the Church, and his relics are enshrined under the Altar of Our Lady of Succor in St Peter's.  

 

Saints on South Colonnade
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108. Gregory Nazianzus

107. Ubald

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Sources:
The Book of Saints, 2002 Edited by Dom Basil Watkins, OSB
Le Statue Berniniani del Colonnato di San Pietro by Valentino Martinelli 1987 by de Luca Editore s.t.l.

 

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