St. Victor I, Pope of Rome
The author of a treatise on the throwing of dice, St. Victor was an
African who made Latin the official language of the Roman church. He was a
favorite of Marcia, mistress to the Emperor Commodus, and gave her lists
of imprisoned Christians, whom she released. Victor excommunicated several
bishops for celebrating Easter on 14 Nisan. Irenaeus of Lyons criticized
Victor's severity. During his papacy (189-198), Victor also fought
gnosticism and monarchianism.
Karen Rae Keck
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