English name=Saint Telesphorus
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papal name=Pope Telesphorus
Pope Saint Telesphorus was
popefrom 126 or 127 to 137 or 138, during the reigns of Roman Emperors Hadrianand Antoninus Pius. He was Greek by birth.
The writer St. Irenaeus of Lyons said that St. Telesphorus suffered
martyrdom[* ws|"" in the 1913 "Catholic Encyclopedia"] . In the Roman Martyrologyhis feast is celebrated on 2 January; [The Telesphorus commemorated on 5 Januaryin the General Roman Calendar as in 1954was in fact not the Pope but an otherwise unknown African martyr - "Calendarium Romanum" (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1969), p. 112).] the Greek Church celebrates it on 22 February.
The tradition of
ChristmasMidnight Masses, the celebration of Easteron Sundays, the keeping of a seven-week Lentbefore Easter and the singing of the Gloria are usually attributed to his pontificate, but some historians doubt that such attributions are accurate.
Carmelitesvenerate Telesphorus as a patron saint of the order since some sources depict him as a hermitliving on Mount Carmel.
*Attwater, Donald and Catherine Rachel John. "The Penguin Dictionary of Saints". 3rd edition. New York: Penguin Books, 1993. ISBN 0-140-51312-4.
*Kelly, J.N.D. "Oxford Dictionary of Popes." (1986). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
* [http://www.documentacatholicaomnia.eu/01_01_0125-0136-_Telesphorus,_Sanctus,_Martyr.html Opera Omnia]
* [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14477b.htm Catholic Encyclopedia: "Pope St. Telephorus"]
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