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She was the sister of Theodosius II and was Regent of the Empire during the minority age of Theodosius. She married Marcian and, together with him, helped the cause of orthodoxy by supporting Pope St. Leo. They also opposed the Monophysite heresy by convoking the Council of Chalcedon.


She became the Empress of the Eastern Roman Empire. It is said that she made a vow of virginity at an early age and persuaded her sister to do the same. She eventually turned the imperial palace into a monastery. She built churches --  three in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  She also established hospitals, orphanages, houses for the aged and strangers.












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