Tagged: Arianism

Saint John I, Pope and Martyr

On May 18, the Church honors the first Pope St. John in its history.  Saint John I, a martyr, was  incarcerated and starved to death by a heretical Germanic king during the sixth century. Pope John was born in Tuscany. He served as an archdeacon for several years before being elected Pope on the death of Pope St. Hormisdas in 523. He was a friend...

St. Athanasius: hero in the battle against Arianism

  May 2 is the memorial of St. Athanasius, bishop and doctor of the Church. St. Athanasius (295 – 373) was the Church’s greatest hero in the battle against Arianism (a heresy that denied Christ’s divinity),which, in his lifetime, earned him the title “Father of Orthodoxy”. Athanasius was born into a Christian family in Alexandria, Egypt, where he received a classical education. He was ordained a...

St. Hilary of Poitiers, Doctor of the Church

January 13 is the optional memorial of St. Hilary, bishop of Poitiers in the 4th century. Pope Pius IX declared him a “Doctor of the Church,” because of his heroic defense of the the Faith against Arians and other heretics. He strongly defended the divinity of Christ, and despite the fact that he was a kind and gentle man, he was viewed as an agitator,...