Sunday, May 11, 2014

St Eleutherius 13th Pope

St Eleutherius was the 13th Pope from 175 to 189. He was born in Nicopolis, Greece. He had been a deacon in the Roman Church under both Pope Anicetus and Pope Soter before succeeding St Soter. After giving the issue much study Pope Eleutherius declared against the Montanists. He was also dealing with the heretical Gnostics and Marcionites. Pope Eleutherius made the decree that no food should be despised by Christians which likely was a counter to the Montanists whose followers were forbidden to eat meat. The conversion to the British King Lucius is credited to Pope Eleutherius. He died on May 24, 189. His Feast day is celebrated on May 26.

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