Saint Fabian 19 January 2017

Saint Fabian

Saint of the Day for January 19

(c. 200 – January 20, 250)

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Pope Saint
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Saint Fabian by Giovanni di Paolo (c. 1450) wears an anachronistic Papal tiara
Papacy began 10 January 236
Papacy ended 20 January 250
Predecessor Anterus
Successor Cornelius
Personal details
Birth name Fabianus
Born c. 200
Died 20 January 250
Rome, Roman Empire
Feast day 20 January (Catholic Church)
8 August[1] (Orthodox Church)
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Orthodox Church
  • Dove
  • Papal vestments
  • Papal tiara

Source: Pope Fabian- wikipedia

Pope Saint Fabian was bishop of Rome from January 236 to January 20, 250 C.E., succeeding Anterus. He is famous for the miraculous nature of his election, in which a dove is said to have descended on his head to mark him as the Holy Spirit’s unexpected choice to become the next pope. He was succeeded by Cornelius.

Fabian’s episcopacy was one of substantial importance in the history of the early church. Most of his papacy was characterized by amicable relations with the imperial government, and Fabian could thus bring back to Rome the bodies of Pope  Pontian and the antipope Hippolytus, both of whom had died in exile in the Sardinian mines, for Christian burial. It was also probably during his reign that the schism between the two corresponding Roman congregations of these leaders was ended. He corresponded with Origen and was highly esteemed both by Cyprian, the bishop of Carthage, and by the antipope Novatian, who referred to Fabian’s “noblest memory.”

Source: New World Encyclopedia-Saint Fabian