Pope Eutychian


Pope Eutychian

Infobox Pope
English name=Eutychian


birth_name=Eutychianus
term_start=January 4, 275
term_end=December 7, 283
predecessor=Felix I
successor=Caius
birth_date=???
birthplace=???
dead=dead|death_date=death date|283|12|7|mf=y
deathplace=???|
infobox popestyles
papal name=Pope Eutychian
dipstyle=His Holiness
offstyle=Your Holiness
relstyle=Holy Father
deathstyle=Saint|

Pope Saint Eutychian or Eutychianus was pope from January 4, 275 to December 7, 283 (according to the "Annuario Pontificio" of 2003).

His original epitaph was discovered in the catacombs of Callixtus (see Kraus, "Roma sotterranea", p. 154 et seq.), but almost nothing more is known of him. Even the date of his reign is uncertain. "Liber Pontificalis" gives a reign of 8 years and 11 months, from 275 to 283. Eusebius, on the other hand says his reign was only 10 months.

He is said to have allowed the blessing of grapes and beans on the altar and to have buried 324 martyrs with his own hands. Some historians doubt these traditions, since there was no persecution after the death of Aurelian in 275 and blessing the produce of the fields is believed to belong to a later period.

His feast is kept on December 8.

References

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* [http://www.documentacatholicaomnia.eu/01_01_0275-0283-_Eutychianus,_Sanctus.html Opera Omnia]


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