Pope Eusebius

Infobox Pope
English name=Saint Eusebius


birth_name=Eusebius
term_start=April 18, 309 or 310
term_end=August 17, 309 or 310
predecessor=Marcellus I
successor=Miltiades
birth_date=???
birthplace=???
dead=dead|death_date=310
deathplace=Sicily, Italy|
infobox popestyles
papal name=Pope Eusebius
dipstyle=His Holiness
offstyle=Your Holiness
relstyle=Holy Father
deathstyle=Saint|

Pope Saint Eusebius (from Greek "Εὐσέβιος" "pious", from "eu" (εὖ) "well" and "sebein" (σέβειν) "to respect") was pope in the year 309 or 310.

His pontificate lasted only from April 18 to August 17, after which, in consequence of disturbances within the Church which led to acts of violence, he was banished by the emperor Maxentius, who had been the ruler of Rome since 306, and had at first shown himself friendly to the Christians. The difficulty arose, as in the case of his predecessor Pope Marcellus I, out of his attitude toward the Lapsed, which represented the milder standpoint.

Eusebius died in exile in Sicily and was buried in the cemetery of Calixtus. Pope Damasus I placed an epitaph of eight hexameters over his tomb; the epithet "martyr" contained in them is not to betaken in the strict sense.

His feast is on September 26.

External links

* [http://www.documentacatholicaomnia.eu/01_01_0309-0310-_Eusebius,_Sanctus.html Opera Omnia]
* [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05615b.htm Catholic Encyclopedia: "Pope St. Eusebius"]


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