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POPE SAINT EUSEBIUS, DEFENDER OF DISCIPLINE

Pope Eusebius reigned for four months during the year 309 or 310. He should not be confused with other Saints Eusebius nor with Eusebius of Caesaria who wrote the great book Ecclesiastical History, shortly after this pope died. Eusebius was Greek and either his father or he was a physician. At some point he came to Rome and became involved wi...

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POPE SAINT MARCELLUS

The Bishop of Rome was dead in 304. Diocletian's persecution was in full force. Meeting places were confiscated as well as some of the burial grounds. People were in fear of being caught at Mass or other services and the presbyters were in hiding when not needed. The Christian Church was torn apart. Daily activities could not be conducted an...

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POPE SAINT MARCELLINUS, BUILDER OF THE EARLY CHURCH

A Roman, son of Projectus (per Liberian Catalog), Marcellinus succeeded Pope Caius to the seat of Peter on June 30, 296. It was a time of peace throughout most of the Empire. Diocletian had become emperor in 284. His policies stabilized the empire and put an end to the Crisis of the Third Century. He reorganized the government structure, es...

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POPE SAINT CAIUS

Pope Saint Caius Knowing our own history makes us value it more. To know the history of the Church makes us value further. Even those people who are far into the depths of anonymity should be brought to the surface and looked at, however briefly. Like too much of our history, Pope Caius' story is based on stories and conjecture. This m...

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POPE SAINT FELIX I

Felix, before his ascension to the papacy, is unknown. He is believed to have been Roman. He must have had some position in the Roman Church to be elected after the death of Dionysius. At any rate, he took the throne on January 5, 269. At this time, the borders of the empire were very porous. Barbarians had been invading periodically for year...

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POPE SAINT SIXTUS II

Pope Sixtus II was the twenty-fifth pope, counting from Saint Peter. He may have been Greek, but that is all we know of his youth. Sixtus was deacon under Pope Stephen. This was a difficult time. Those who had escaped death during the Decian persecutions had not always done so through luck. Some had bought certificates stating that they had don...

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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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