Reinbern was the only bishop of the short-lived Diocese of Kolberg) (1000-~1007).

Reinbern was born in the Hassegau
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 area of the medieval Duchy of Saxony
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. When Holy Roman Emperor
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 Otto III met with his friend, the Polish
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 duke Boleslaw I in the Congress of Gniezno
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 (Gnesen), the Archbishopric of Gniezno was founded. One of Gniezno's subordinated bishoprics was the Diocese of Kołobrzeg., Its purpose was to advance the Christianization
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 of the pagan Pomeranians that shortly before had been subdued by the Poles. Reinbern was made bishop. It is documented that he "baptized" the Baltic Sea
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 by spilling Holy Oil
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 and Holy Water
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 into the sea. He also demolished shrines of pagan gods in Pomerania. Yet, after his bishopric was driven out during a pagan uprising, he returned to Boleslaw's court. In 1009, he accompanied Boleslaw to the marriage arranged between Boleslaw's daughter and Sviatopolk
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, prince of Turov
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 (Turaŭ) in the Kievan Rus'
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, where an internal Kievian crisis involving Boleslaw's daughter led to the arrest of Reinbern by prince Vladimir
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. Soon afterwards, he died imprisoned in 1012.
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