Pope St Leo the Great
Today is the feast of Pope St Leo the Great who was born in Etruria and became Pope in 440. He was a true shepherd and father of souls. He constantly strove to keep the faith whole and strenuously defended the unity of the Church. He repelled the invasions of the barbarians or alleviated their effects, famously persuading Attila the Hun not to march on Rome in 452 and preventing the invading Vandals from massacring the population in 455. He left many doctrinal and spiritual writings behind and a number of them are included in the Office of Readings to this day. He died in 461.
Fresco of the 'Meeting of Leo I and Attila' by Raphael and his assistant Giulio Romano, painted in 1514.