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E02813: A letter of Pope Gregory the Great (Register 1.25) of 591, to bishop Anastasius of Antioch (Syria), is accompanied by the gift of 'keys of the blessed *Peter the Apostle' (S00036), able to miraculously cure the sick. Written in Latin in Rome.

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posted on 2017-05-16, 00:00 authored by mpignot
Pope Gregory the Great, Register of Letters 1.25

Extract from the very end of the letter:

Amatoris autem uestri beati Petri apostoli uobis claues transmisi, quae super aegros positae multis solent miraculis coruscare.

'I have also sent you keys of your beloved and blessed apostle, Peter. When they are placed over the sick, they normally produce many brilliant miracles.'

Text: Norberg 1982, vol. 1, 34. Translation: Martyn 2004, vol. 1, 148.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Peter the Apostle : S00036

Saint Name in Source


Type of Evidence

Literary - Letters



Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Rome and region

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc


Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Rome Rome Rome Roma Ῥώμη Rhōmē

Major author/Major anonymous work

Gregory the Great (pope)

Cult Activities - Miracles

Healing diseases and disabilities Miraculous behaviour of relics/images

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - bishops

Cult Activities - Relics

Contact relic - other object closely associated with saint Transfer, translation and deposition of relics Privately owned relics Reliquary – privately owned


A letter transmitted as part of Gregory the Great’s Register of Letters. This letter collection, organised into fourteen books, is large and contains letters to a variety of recipients, including prominent aristocrats, members of the clergy and royalty. The issues touched on in the letters are equally varied, ranging from theological considerations to mundane administrative matters. This collection of letters, which was possibly curated by Gregory, was originally much larger. The surviving Register comprises several groups of letters which were extracted at several later moments in history, the largest of which took place in the papacy of Hadrian I (772-795).


For these keys, see E02814.


Edition: Norberg, D., S. Gregorii Magni, Registrum epistularum. 2 vols. (Corpus Christianorum Series Latina 140-140A; Turnhout: Brepols, 1982). English translation: Martyn, J.R.C., The Letters of Gregory the Great, 3 vols. (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2004).

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