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Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531) was a leader of the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland. In 1518, while pastor of the Grossmünster in Zurich, he began to preach on the need to reform the Catholic Church. In 1522, he spoke against the custom of fasting during Lent, and in his writings he was critical of corruption within the church, promoted clerical marriage, and attacked the use of images. In 1525, he introduced a new communion liturgy to replace the Mass. He also clashed with the Anabaptists, which resulted in their persecution in Switzerland. In 1531, Zwingli was killed in battle at the age of forty-seven.

 

 

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