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Saint Pinytus
Bishop of Cnossus
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church
Feast10 October[1][2][3]

Saint Pinytus (Greek: Άγιος Πινυτός) who was a Greek by birth, was Bishop of Cnossus in Crete[4] in the late 2nd century.

Not much is known about his life but it is known that Pinytus was looked up to by St. Eusebius of Caesarea, who said that he was one of the foremost ecclesiastical writers of his time.[5] Pinytus was in constant contact with Dionysius of Corinth and it seemed the two had disagreements. Dionysius, it appears, wrote to the Pinytus asking him not to impose too strict a yoke of chastity upon his brethren. But Pinytus was unmoved by this counsel and replied that Dionysius might impart stronger doctrine and feed his congregation with a more perfect epistle inasmuch as Christians could not always subsist on milk or tarry in childhood.[6] It may be that Pinytus was influenced by Montanistic views; however, Eusebius vouches for his orthodoxy and his care for the welfare of those placed under him.


  1. ^ 10/23 October. Orthodox Calendar (PRAVOSLAVIE.RU).
  2. ^ October 23 / 10 October. HOLY TRINITY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH (A parish of the Patriarchate of Moscow).
  3. ^ (in Greek) Ευάγγελος Π. Λέκκος. ΓΝΩΡΙΜΙΑ ΜΕ ΤΟΥΣ ΑΓΙΟΥΣ ΤΗΣ ΚΡΗΤΗΣ. Εκδότης: ΣΑΙΤΗΣ. Φεβρουάριος, 2013. ISBN 9789604870790
  4. ^ "St. Pinytus". Catholic Online.
  5. ^ Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould (M.A.). "S. PINITUS B. (ABOUT A.D. 180.)" In: The Lives of the Saints. Volume the Eleventh: October – Part I. London: John C. Nimmo, 1898. p. 223.
  6. ^ Hauck, A. "Pinytus". Christian Classics Ethereal Library.


  • Hist. eccl., iv. 21, 23, Eng. transl, NPNF, 2 ser., i. 197–198, 200–202
  • New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, Vol. IX: Petri – Reuchlin