SAINT LEO II
Pope and Confessor
SIMPLE / WHITE
Leo II, a native of Sicily, was pope only for 18 months, dying on July 3, 683. In a period when heresy was widespread, Pope Leo used his apostolic authority fearlessly to defend and preserve the integrity of Catholic doctrine. He was zealous as a teacher and preacher, eloquent in spreading the word of God, musically gifted, a lover of poverty, and continually concerned for the needy and those suffering in body or soul.
Mass of a POPE
O Eternal Shepherd, who appointed blessed Leo II, shepherd of the whole Church, let the prayers of this supreme pontiff move You to look with favor upon Your flock and to keep it under Your continual protection. Through our Lord . . .