Reigned 236 to 250. Born in Rome, Italy; died there. A farmer, he came into the city to attend the papal election. A dove descended onto his head, this was considered a sign from heaven, and he was elected by acclamation. Little is known of his reign. He is said to have divided Rome into seven districts presided over by seven deacons. At his death the government of the Church was well organized and the power of the papacy considerably strengthened. Feast, Roman Calendar, 20 January.
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