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Ambrose was the son of a praetorian perfect of Gaul. He was appointed governor of the Milan district by Emperor Valentinian. He was not yet a baptized Christian when he went to Milan Cathedral to settle a dispute between the Arian heretics and the Catholics. While doing so, he found himself unanimously elected bishop by the warring factions.

Ambrose became a fierce defender of the independence of the church against secular authority and a great builder of Christianity within the Roman Empire. He baptized his successor, the great St. Augustine.

Ambrose is one of the four great Latin Fathers of the Church, with Augustine, Jerome and Gregory the Great. 








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