Irenaeus. Born about 130, he was brought up in Smyrna as a disciple of St. Polycarp, the bishop of the city. By 177 he was priest in Lyons in France, and shortly afterwards became bishop of that city. In his writings, he sought to defend the faith against the heresy of Gnosticism. Tradition has it that he was martyred about the year 200 .A.D.
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A Roman 3rd century martyr, a basilica was erected in her honour in the 5th century. According to legend, she was a noble Christian betrothed to a pagan, Valerian. She had already vowed her virginity to God, and refused to consummate her marriage. Both her husband and his brother, who had become Christians, were arrested […]
The third pope after St. Peter to rule the early Church about the end of the 1st century. He wrote a renowned letter to the Corinthian community with the object of preserving peace and concord among them. Picture: 11th-century fresco in the Basilica of San Clemente, Rome: Saints Cyril and Methodius bring Saint Clement’s relics to […]
St. Columbanus (+ 615). Born in Ireland about the middle of the 6th century afer studying the humanities and the sacred sciences, he embraced the monastic life and went to France where he founded a number of monasteries which he ruled with strict discipline. When sentenced to exile, he travelled to Italy and founded another […]