New Catholic Dictionary – Pope Saint Eleutherius

illustration of Pope Saint Eleuterus, from the book 'The Lives and Times of the Popes' by Chevalier Artaud de Montor, 1911; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Reigned c.174 to 189. Born Nicopolis (Epirus), Greece; died Rome, Italy. As pope he is said to have declared against the Montanists. The statement which makes him the recipient of a letter from Lucius, a British king, expressing a desire to become a Christian, is rejected by recent historians as improbable. A more plausible theory is that the letter was from Lucius Abgar IX, King of Edessa (Britium), 179-214. Feast, Roman Calendar, 26 May.

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  • “Pope Saint Eleutherius”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 December 2012. Web. 7 December 2019. <>