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St. Hyginus I, Pope of Rome

II Century
Pope from c. 136-c. 140, St. Hyginius is thought to have been a philosopher before his conversion to Christianity. During his reign, the Gnostics began to preach their heresy, and the chief proponents of Gnosticism, Valentinus and Cerdo, are supposed to have visited Rome at this time.

Karen Rae Keck


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