The feast day of St. Sixtus III is celebrated on March 28.
St. Sixtus III was born in Rome, Italy. He became the Bishop of Rome on July 31, 432. While he was Pope he defended the authority of the Papacy. He approved the results of the Council of Ephesus.
Pope Sixtus fought against the heresies of Pelagianism and Nestorianism. While defending the teachings of the Church, Pope Sixtus was also sympathetic and tried to heal the divisions within the church.
Nestorianism denied that Jesus was both human and divine. It believed Jesus existed as two distinct persons: the man Jesus and the divine Son of God. It did not accept Mary as the Mother of God but did believe her to be the Mother of Christ.
Pelagianism did not believe in original sin. It also believed grace was not necessary for salvation; it could be attained by free will.
Pope Sixtus restored St. Peter’s Basilica and St. John Lateran Basilica. He died of natural caused on August 19, 440.
Take care of your body as if you were going to live forever, and take care of your soul as if you were going to die tomorrow.
Quote of St. Augustine of Hippo; Feast day August 28
March is the Month of St. Joseph