Alberic of Ostia

Alberic Of Ostia, a friar of the Order of St. Benedict, was born at Beauvais in 1080. He re- established the discipline in the Monastery of Cluny and in the Abbey of Vezelay (diocese of Autun). He was appointed cardinal-bishop of Ostia, and was sent as legate to England, at that time disturbed by the war of David I, king of Scotland, against Stephen I, king of England. On Dec. 14, 1138, Alberic held a council at London in order to settle certain questions. After a fruitless mission into Sicily in order to bring into submission the people of Bari, who were rebelling against Roger II, he returned to the East and called a council at Antioch, Nov. 30. 1140, which deposed the patriarch Rudolph, who was accused of heresy. After having visited Jerusalem and the holy sepulchre, he returned to Rome. He afterwards returned to France in order to combat, with St. Bernard and Geoffrey of Chartres, the heresiarch tnon de l'Estoile, to establish in his seat the archbishop of Bordeaux, who had been banished by his clergy, and to arrange with Louis the younger a journey through the Holy Land. He died at Verdun in 1147. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

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