He was a Grecian by birth, and the seventh bishop of Rome. Towards the end of the year 128, he succeeded Saint Sixtus I sat eleven years, and saw the havoc which the persecution of Adrian made in the church. “He ended his life by an illustrious martyrdom,” says Eusebius; which is also confirmed by Saint Irenæus.
- Father Alban Butler. “Saint Telesphorus, Pope and Martyr”. , 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 January 2013. Web. 24 May 2016. <>