St. Eleutherius I, Pope of Rome
St. Eleutherius was pope from c. 175 to c. 189. He served Pope Anicetus as
deacon and received a visit from Irenaeus of Lyons, who spoke of the
dangers of montanism, a heresy that Eleutherius seems to have taken
lightly. Originally from Nicopolis in Epirus, he was interested in the
church in the British Isles, and while the legend that a Celtic king
Lucius sought baptism from Eleutherius may be a fiction, the pope did send
a mission to the British.
Karen Rae Keck
- Dennis Michelis:
St. Eleutherius, (1987).
Ten Greek Popes
(Mplis.: Light & Life, 1987).
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