Saints

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Pachomius

Hermit who founded a cenobitical community, d. 346. Some speculation on how and why St. Pachomius came up with the idea of the cenobitical life

Pascal Baylon

Aragonese Franciscan lay brother, d. 1592

Patrick

St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world's most popular saints. He was born in Roman Britain and when he was fourteen or so, he was captured by Irish pirates during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep.

Paul of the Cross

Italian-born founder of the Passionists. He died in 1775

Paul the Hermit

Fled into the Egyptian desert to escape the Decian persecution. Died at the age of 113

Monk, disciple of St. Antony, d. around 339

Widowed at the age of 32, Paula embarked on the monastic life in Bethlehem, along with her daughter Eustochium. Paula died in 404

Looked upon as a saint even in his own lifetime. He died in 431

Peter Chrysologus

Bishop of Ravenna, d. 450. Pious, zealous, and a renowned speaker--thus the name 'Chrysologus'

Peter Claver

Spanish Jesuit priest who for 33 years ministered to African slaves in the New World, and tried to stop the slave trade. Died in 1654

Peter Faber

French priest, one of the first Jesuits, d. 1546

Peter Gonzalez

Spanish Dominican, d. 1246. Patron saint of Spanish and Portuguese sailors

Peter of Alcántara

Spanish Franciscan priest, reformer, and mystic. Died in 1562

Peter-Louis-Marie Chanel

Two articles on the French Marist missionary. Martyred in 1841

Philip the Apostle

New Testament figure in Scripture and Christian tradition

Philomena

St. Philomena, whose relics were discovered at the beginning of the nineteenth century

Pope Adeodatus II

Roman monk, opponent of Monothelitism, d. 676. Called Adeodatus II to distinguish him from his predecessor St. Deusdedit, who is also called Adeodatus.

Pope Adrian III

Pope, a Roman, who died in 885.

Pope Agapetus I

Anti-Arian, instrumental in deposing a Monophysite bishop who had moreover abandoned his see, d. 536.

Pope Agatho

St. Agatho the Wonderworker, a Sicilian believed to have been over 100 years old at the time of his election. He died in 681.

Pope Alexander I

Pope, who died in 115 or 116. According to a tradition dating to the fifth century, Alexander was martyred, but it is possible that he has been confused with another St. Alexander who was indeed a martyr.

Pope Anacletus

Third pope, a martyr, d. about 91. May be the same person as Pope St. Cletus.

Pope Anastasius I

Pope remembered chiefly for condemning Origenism, d. 401.

Pope Anicetus

Martyr, a contemporary of St. Polycarp and of the heretic Marcion.

Pope Anterus

Also known as Anteros, pope for less than 2 months, d. in 236.

Pope Benedict II

A Roman, he was pope for a little less than eleven months, and died in 685. Account of his pontificate.

Pope Boniface I

Consecrated the same day as the antipope Eulalius. Both were ordered to leave Rome. Eulalius took over St. John Lateran on Holy Saturday, after which the emperor refused to consider his claim. Boniface died in 422

Pope Boniface IV

Transformed the Pantheon into a Christian church, died in 615.

Pope Celestine I

Excommunicated Nestorius, sent St. Patrick to Ireland, d. 432

Pope Celestine V

Benedictine priest and hermit, d. 1296

Pope Clement I

Clement I, also called Clemens Romanus, the fourth pope and the first of the Apostolic Fathers

Pope Damasus I

Damasus, who had to contend with an antipope, condemned Apollinarianism, and persuaded St. Jerome to undertake the revision of the Latin Bible, died in 384

Pope Deusdedit

Also known as Pope Adeodatus I, d. 618.

Pope Dionysius

Elected towards the end of a wave of persecution. Dionysius opposed the errors of the Sabellians and Marcionites, and died in 268

Pope Eleutherius

Native of Nicopolis, served as deacon in the Roman Church, d. about 189

Pope Eugene I

Made bishop of Rome after Pope St. Martin I had been in exile for 14 months. Eugene died in 657

Pope Eusebius

Reigned for only four months, in 309 or 310, was deported, died in exile, is counted as a martyr

Pope Eutychianus

The successor of Pope Felix I. Eutychianus died in 283

Pope Evaristus

Sometimes called Aristus. Martyr, died about 107

Pope Fabian

Pope who was martyred in 250

Pope Felix I

The successor of Pope St. Dionysius, Felix died in 274. He is sometimes confused with a Roman martyr of the same name

Pope Felix III

Felix II was an antipope, irregularly imposed by the Arians while Pope Liberius was still alive, so St. Felix III is sometimes called Felix II. Pope St. Felix III was much involved in battling heresy, and died in 492

Pope Felix IV

Since Felix II was an antipope imposed by the Arians while Pope Liberius was still alive, St. Felix IV is sometimes called Felix III. Pope St. Felix IV died in 530

Pope Gelasius I

An assessment of his pontificate. He died in 496

Pope Gregory I (the Great)

Doctor of the Church, d. 604

Pope Gregory II

Also known as Gregory Junior, or Gregory the Younger, d. 731

Pope Gregory III

A Syrian, was elected the successor of Pope St. Gregory II by acclamation, d. 741

Pope Gregory VII

Also known as Hildebrand: 'one of the greatest of the Roman pontiffs and one of the most remarkable men of all times.' He died in 1085

Pope Hilarius

As an archdeacon, he had acted as one of Pope St. Leo the Great's legates at the 'Robber Synod.'

Pope Hyginus

Greek by birth, the successor of Pope Telesphorus. Died in about 142

Pope John I

A Tuscan, was warmly received in Constantinople, but upon his return to Rome, was imprisoned by King Theodoric. Pope John died in prison in 526

Pope Julius I

A Roman, anti-Arian, supporter of St. Athanasius. Julius died in 352

Pope Leo II

Pontiff, who died in 683

Pope Linus

Reigned about A.D. 64 or 67 to 76 or 79

Pope Lucius I

Pope, exiled for a time, who reigned less than one year, and died in 254

Pope Marcellus I

After a vacancy in office following the death of Pope St. Marcellinus, was elected to the papacy in 308. Fairly lengthy biographical article

Pope Mark

Reigned for less than 9 months, d. 336

Pope Martin I

Opposed the Monothelites, who were supported by the emperor. He was taken prisoner to Constantinople, but refused to sign a heretical declaration. He died in exile in 655

Pope Miltiades

Died in 314. An African, his name is also sometimes given as Miltiadea or Melchiades

Pope Pius I

He excommunicated Marcion, and died in about 154

Pope Pius V

Sixteenth-century pontiff

Pope Pontian

He was exiled to the Sardinian mines in 235 and died there of privation

Pope Silverius

Son of Pope St. Hormisdas. Named pope while yet a subdeacon, to thwart the Monophysites. Exiled through a forgery of his political and religious enemies, died of starvation in prison, probably in 537

Pope Sixtus I

Martyr, reigned for ten years in the very early part of the second century

Pope Sixtus II

This is the St. Sixtus who is commemorated in the Eucharistic Prayer. Pope who was one of the first martyrs of the Valerian persecution, in 258

Pope Sixtus III

Reigned 432-440

Pope Stephen I

Reigned 254-257

Pope Sylvester I

In office for 21 years, while Constantine was emperor. St. Sylvester died in 335

Pope Telesphorus

Martyr, died c. 136

Pope Urban I

Died 230. Very little is known about his life, and even his burial place was in doubt for some time

Pope Vitalian

He tried to win over the Monothelites who then held sway in Constantinople, and was the reigning pope at the time of the Synod of Whitby. He died in 672

Pope Zephyrinus

Pontiff, who died in 217

Pope Zosimus

Account of his pontificate focuses on his entanglement with the Pelagian controversy

Popes Caius and Soter

Popes, having their feast together on 22 April

Primus and Felician

Martyrs of the Diocletian persecution, in about 304

Roman martyr of unknown date