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St. Telesphorus - (125-136)

Saint Biography

Pope/St. Telesphorus was a Greek, probably from Calabria, who was pope from c. 125-c. 136. The story that he was an anchorite is doubtful, as is the legend that he instituted Lent. His martyrdom, however, is well-documented.

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(Lived about 125-136.)

St. Telesphorus was the seventh Roman bishop in succession from the Apostles, and, according to the testimony of St. Irenæus (Adv. hæreses, III, iii, 3), suffered a glorious martyrdom. Eusebius (Hist. eccl., IV, vii, xiv) places the beginning of his pontificate in the twelfth ... Read More

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