Leo of Achris or Achridia

Leo Of Achris Or Achridia (now Ohkrida, in Albania), was so called because he held the archbishopric of Achris, in the Greek Church, among the Bulgarians. He joined about A.D. 1053, with Michael Cerularius, patriarch of Constantinople, in writing a very bitter letter against the pope, which they sent to John, archbishop of Trani, in Apulia, to be distributed among the members of the Latin Church- prelates, monks, laity. A translation of this letter is given by Baronius (Annal. Eccles. ad ann. 1053, 22, etc.). Pope Leo IX replied in a long letter, which is given in the Concilia, (vol. 9, col. 949, etc., ed. Labbe; vol. 6, col. 927, ed. Hardotuiln; vol. 19, col. 635, ed. Mansi), and the following year both Cerularius and Leo of Achris were excommunicated by cardinal Humbert, the papal legate (Baronius, ad ann. 1054, 25). Leo wrote many other letters, which are extant in MS. in various European libraries, and are cited by Allatius, in his De Consensu Eccles. Orient. et Occident.; by Beveridge, in his Codex Canons; by Alexis Aristenus, in his Synopsis Epistolarum Canonicarusm; and by Comnenus Popadopoli, in his Praenotiones Mystagogicae. See Fabricius, Biblioth. Graeca, 2:715; Caves Hist. Litt. 2:138, ed. Oxon. 1740; Oudin, De Scriptorib. et Scriptis Eccles. 2:603. — Smith, Dict. of Greek and Roman Biog. 2:741.

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