October 14: Pope St Callistus I


Pope St Callistus I was pope from around 217 and was martyred in 222.

Most of what we know of him comes from a life by his enemy Tertullian and the anti-pope Hippolytus, so must be regarded as somewaht suspect.  Their main disputes seems to have been over whether or not apostates could be reconciled to the Church, marriage law, and Christology.  Pope Callistus was able to reconcile Hippolytus to the Church however when they were both sentenced to work in the mines, and they both died saints.

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