Saint of the Day for January 19
(c. 200 – January 20, 250)
Saint Fabian by Giovanni di Paolo (c. 1450) wears an anachronistic Papal tiara
|Papacy began||10 January 236|
|Papacy ended||20 January 250|
|Died||20 January 250
Rome, Roman Empire
|Feast day||20 January (Catholic Church)
8 August (Orthodox Church)
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church
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.”
New World Encyclopedia. 2015. Pope Fabian- New World Encyclopedia. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry. [Accessed 22 January 2017].