Saint of the day 20150116

16 January

SAINT MARCELLUS I
Pope and Martyr
(+309)

St. Marcellus was elected Pope in 307, the last years of the persecution of the Church by Diocletian. He undertook the ecclesiastical reorganization of the Church and was most merciful to those who repented after having denied their Faith.

In 309, under the tyrant Emperor Maxentius, he was banished from Rome and sent into exile where he died the same year.

Other saints: Saint Fursa (- c.650)
He was an Irish monk who did much to establish Christianity throughout the British Isles and particularly in East Anglia, at a time when a high Christian civilisation existed in Ireland but had been largely wiped out elsewhere. See the article in Wikipedia.
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