Pope Eutychian

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Pope Saint

Eutychian
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Papacy began4 January 275
Papacy ended7 December 283
PredecessorFelix I
SuccessorCaius
Personal details
Birth nameEutychianus
BornTuscany[1]
Died(283-12-07)7 December 283
Rome, Roman Empire
Sainthood
Feast day8 December

Pope Eutychian (died 7 December 283), also called Eutychianus, was the Bishop of Rome from 4 January 275 to his death in 283.[2][3]

Biography[edit]

His original epitaph was discovered in the catacomb of Callixtus (see Kraus, Roma sotterranea, p. 154 et seq.), but almost nothing more is known of him. Even the date of his reign is uncertain. Liber Pontificalis gives a reign of 8 years and 11 months, from 275 to 283. Eusebius, on the other hand says his reign was only 10 months.[3]

Eutychian is said to have allowed the blessing of grapes and beans on the altar and to have buried 324 martyrs with his own hands. Some historians doubt these traditions, since there was no persecution of Christians after the death of Aurelian in 275 and blessing the produce of the fields is believed to belong to a later period.[3]

His feast is kept on 8 December.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. "Saint Eutychian". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  2. ^ Annuario Pontificio, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d Kirsch, Johann Peter (1909). "Pope St. Eutychianus" in The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 5. New York: Robert Appleton Company.

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Titles of the Great Christian Church
Preceded by
Felix I
Bishop of Rome
Pope

275–283
Succeeded by
Caius