St. Dionysius I, Pope of Rome
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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