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POPE SAINT STEPHEN

A Roman by birth, Stephen's father was Jovius. after that we know nothing of Stephen until Liber Pontificalis, the ancient book of the popes, describes him as an archdeacon under Pope Lucius I. As Lucius assumed that he would be martyred, he appointed care of the Church into the hands of Stephen. Although there were no persecutions during...

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POPE SAINT LUCIUS I

Pope Lucius I, born somewhere around 200 AD, rulled only 253 days, from June 25, 253 to March 5, 254. He was a Roman, but other than his father's name, Porphyrianus, we know nothing more about his family or background. It is assumed that he was a member of the clergy under Cornelius. During the anti-Christian persecution of Gallus, the pr...

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POPE SAINT CORNELIUS

Pope Fabian was martyred by the emperor Decius on January 20, 250. The persecuction of Christians was extreme for the next fourteen months, and the Chair of Peter remained vacant. About March, 251, the persecution lessened, probably because Decius was away, trying to fight his new rivals, the Goths. It was finally safe enough to assemble sixteen...

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POPE SAINT FABIAN

As with so many of the other popes we have written about, the sources of information are few: The Liber Pontificalis, written by a number of unknowns over the centuries and compiled in the 1500s, and Eusebius' The History of the Church, written in the fourth century. All other sources are not complete or are written to enhance the images of ...

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POPE ANTERUS

Pope Pontian was arrested by the soldiers of Emperor Maximinus the Thracian in the early fall of 235. He was sent to his death in the mines of Sardinia along with Hippolytus, the writer and theologian, who had been his nemesis. Shortly before leaving, Pontian chose to keep the Church orderly by abdicating his position as the bishop of Rome on Se...

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POPE SAINT PONTIAN

The Liber Pontificalis is a book of information on the early popes, written in the fourth century. It is not always perfectly accurate and, as archeology reveals more information, new books are published with updated details. I try to get the newest data for these blogs. Like most of the bishops of Rome before Christianity...

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POPE SAINT ELEUTHARIUS

Pope St. Eleutherius was a Greek, son of Habundius, born in Nicopolis, part of what is now Greece, some time after 100 AD. His name means "frank, honest, free-spirited". Whether that is his real name or a description of the man is unknown. Eleutherius was Bishop of Rome from about 175 to May 24, 189 AD. It is said that he was martyred ...

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WAS SIXTUS A POPE?

Although Sixtus is claimed to be a pope by the writings of St. Ireneus and Eusebius, there is not good historical accuracy for that claim. Although it is known that there were bishops in Asia Minor, such as James, in Jerusalem, and Polycarp, in Smyrna, there does not seem to be any indication of the men, listed as pope in the first century aft...

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POPE ALEXANDER I

Alexander is reckoned the fifth pope after St. Peter. As with many persons from the early period of the Church, little is known about Alexander. The most likely scenario is that he was a Roman, some say named after his father. Legend has it that he was born at Caput Tauri, (“head if the bull”) an area of Rome on Esquilline Hill, one of the seven...

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POPE SAINT EVARISTUS

Like the man/God he followed, Evaristus was a Jew, born in Bethlehem. His father, Juda, was of Greek origin, but lived in Bethlehem, only a few miles from the temple in Jerusalem, the goal of all good Jews. Evidently, Juda moved his family from the town, probably just before the Romans destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD. Little is known about Evari...

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