DIONYSIUS (Saint) Pope (December 26) (3rd century) Perhaps a native of Calabria. In early life he embraced the monastic state, but later was enrolled in the Roman clergy, and by them elected Pope (A.D. 259) in the room of the Martyr, Saint Sixtus II. Saint Basil greatly extols his charity to the poor, and Saint Denis of Alexandria (of whom he had had occasion to require an explanation of some writings) praises his learning. He denounced Sabellianism and, when later called upon by the Emperor Aurelian to judge the Rationalistic Paul of Samosata, condemned and deposed the latter. He is said to have rearranged the boundaries of the Roman city parishes. He died A.D. 269.