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St. Sixtus I, Pope of Rome

I/II Centuries
A Roman whose name suggests he was of Greek descent, Pope/St. Sixtus led the Roman see during the reign of Hadrian. The probable dates of Sixtus' papacy are c. 115-c. 125; ancient sources agree that he ruled ten years, but few agree about which ten. Legends say he was a martyr, but modern scholars think martyrdom during a time when persecution had ceased unlikely.

Karen Rae Keck


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