September 16 – St. Cornelius, Pope and Martyr – Memorial

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Cornelius,[1] bishop of Rome, to whom eight letters of Cyprian are extant, wrote a letter to Fabius,[2] bishop of the church at Antioch, On the Roman, Italian, and African councils, and another On Novatian and those who had fallen from the faith, a third On the acts of the council, and a fourth very prolix one to the same Fabius, containing the causes of the Novatian heresy and an anathema of it. He ruled the church for two years under Gallus and Volusianus. He received the crown of martyrdom for Christ, and was succeeded by Lucius.

1. Bishop 251, died 252.
2. Fabius. Some mss. Fabianus.

From Lives of Illustrious Men I, St. Jerome, Chapter LXVI.