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Thascius Caecilius Cyprianus (Saint Cyprian)

Born: 2XX AD
Died: 258 AD.

Nationality: Unknown
Categories: Saint


245 BC - The date of his conversion is unknown, but after his baptism about he gave away a portion of his wealth to the poor of Carthage, as befitted a man of his rank.

248 BC - He was ordained deacon, and soon afterward presbyter; and some time between July.
249 BC - In April, he was chosen bishop of Carthage, a popular choice among the poor who remembered his patronage as demonstrating good equestrian style, while a portion of the presbytery opposed it, for all Cyprian's wealth and learning and diplomacy and literary talents. Moreover, the opposition within the church community at Carthage did not dissolve during his tenure.

255 BC - Cyprian had yet to fight another battle, which broke to the surface in 255, in which his opponent was Pope Stephen I.

256 BC - A new persecution of the Christians under Valerian broke out, and both Stephen and his successor, Xystus. II, suffered martyrdom at Rome.

258 BC - On the 13th of 0September, he was imprisoned at the behest of the new proconsul, Galerius Maximus.

         - Died in Carthage on the 14th of September.


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