St. John Damascene
Pope St. Sixtus III
March 28Papal Ascension, 432. Died, 440.
Chosen 44th Pope in 432. Approved the results of the Council of Ephesus. Corresponded extensively with Saint Augustine of Hippo. Fought Nestorianism and Pelagianism. Restored several Roman basilicas including Saint Peter's and Saint John Lateran. He built the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, dedicated to Mary the Mother of God. Defended the supremacy of the pope over local bishops,and over Illyria which the emperor wanted to transfer to the control of Constantinople. Pope St. Sixtus III, pray for us!