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Mahatma Gandhi famously said about Mohammad [peace upon him] the holy prophet of Islam " I wanted to know the best of life of the one who holds today the undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind. I became more than convinced that...it was the rigid simplicity, the utter self effacement of the Prophet.. his intense devotion to his friends and ...


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The text you have read refers to Simeon Stylites the Younger, who appears (according to this source and to a Life written around his own time) to have had a monastery built around him while he was alive. But as the aforementioned source says (as most other, apparently), the Church of Simeon Stylites the Elder was built as a posthumous memorial.


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No, he is absolutely not the first to resign. There has been several resignations in Papal history, not all of which are undisputed or voluntary, though admittedly none in recent centuries. Some examples include: Benedict IX, resigned in 1045. Gregory VI, resigned in 1046. Celestine V, resigned in 1294. Celestine V in particular laid down the canon law ...



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