St. Hippolytus of Rome

Saint Hippolytus of Rome (c. 170 – c. 235 AD), born in the 2nd century AD, was a prominent theologian, writer, and martyr. He served as a priest in Rome and strongly opposed various heresies, especially those related to the doctrine of the Trinity. Despite initially challenging the authority of Pope Callixtus I, he eventually reconciled with the Church and was recognized as a legitimate bishop. Saint Hippolytus is considered one of the earliest antipopes who later returned to communion with the Church. He faced persecution for his faith during the reign of Emperor Maximinus Thrax and was martyred by being dragged by horses. Saint Hippolytus is venerated as a martyr and his feast day is celebrated on August 13th. He is remembered for his intellectual contributions to Christian theology and his ultimate fidelity to the Church and its teachings.


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