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— St. Gregory the Great (540–604) was more inclined to the monastic lifestyle than a role in government or Church office, yet his papacy is considered one of the greatest. He provided guidance and leadership during a time when Rome faced many internal and external challenges. St. Gregory sent missionaries from Rome – the Gregorian mission – to convert the pagan Anglo-Saxons in England. He restored clerical discipline, instituted liturgical reforms, protected Jewish people from persecution, and cared for the impoverished. St. Gregory is also known for his prolific writings, which include Dialogues, Pastoral Care, and Sermons.