Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Memorial of Saint Hippolytus of Rome

Here is something I've discovered about this saint on Wikipedia:

- [probably] born in the second half of the 2nd century in Rome, he was one of the most prolific writers of the early Church
- came into conflict with the Popes of his time and for some time headed a separate group
- died in 235 or 236 reconciled to the Church and as a martyr.
- considered as the patron saint of horses

Another saint shared this feast day- Pope Saint Pontian. He was (according to Wikipedia):

- pope from 21 July 230 to September 235
- Pontian and other church leaders, among them Hippolytus, were exiled by the emperor Maximinus Thrax to Sardinia, and in consequence of this sentence he resigned on 25 September or 28 September 235
- His remains were brought to Rome by Pope Fabian and buried in the Catacomb of Pope Callixtus I

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