Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Pontian, Pope and Martyr

Pope Saint PontianArticle

The Liberian Calendar informs us that this pope sat five years from the death of Saint Urban, in 230, the church then enjoying peace in the reign of Alexander Severus. But Maximinus, who, by contriving the assassination of the best of the Roman emperors, in May, 235, opened to himself a way to the imperial throne, began his reign by raising a bloody persecution. He was by birth a barbarian, a native of Thrace, and of a gigantic stature: for his cruelty towards all men he is surnamed Busiris, Typhon, and Phalaris, and was a monster of gluttony. Saint Pontian was banished by him in the beginning of his reign into the isle of Sardinia, where he died the same year, if not by the sword, at least by the hardships of his exile and the unhealthfulness of the air.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Pontian, Pope and Martyr”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 August 2016. Web. 20 September 2018. <>