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St. Dionysius I, Pope of Rome

III Century
Elected to the papacy in 260, after the death of Emperor Valerian, St. Dionysius had been a leading figure in the church under Sixtus II. Dionysius reorganized the church, which was in disarray from the persecutions. He also aided the church in Cappadocia after a Persian invasion. The patriarch of Alexandria, also named Dionysius, accused the Pope of tritheism, charges the pope refuted eloquently and persuasively. Pope Dionysius died in 268.

Karen Rae Keck


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