Pope Gregory VII Lifts Excommunication of Henry IV Hot

 Pope Gregory VII Lifts Excommunication of Henry IV

Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV
Source: Wikipedia

Pope Gregory VII lifts the excommunication he imposed on Holy Roman Emperor Henry II during their conflict over who had the authority to invest clergy in Germany: secular or religious rulers.

After having walked barefoot over the Alps as a sign of penance for his attempts to undermine the pope, Henry IV reached the gates of Canossa on the 25th. Pope Gregory VII left Henry waiting outside until today, when he's finally allowed inside where the kneels in submission before the pope and beg forgiveness.

Later Pope Gregory VII and Henry IV share communion, thus formally lifting Henry's excommunication from the Catholic Church. The conflict over investiture is not over, though, and Henry IV will be excommunicated again.

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