Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Aurelius, Bishop of Carthage, Confessor


He was archdeacon of Carthage, when, in 388, he was promoted to the archiepiscopal dignity of that see, to which was annexed a jurisdiction little inferior to that of a patriarch over all the metropolitans of the different provinces of Africa. He cultivated a strict friendship with Saint Austin, held several councils against the Donatists, and was the first who condemned Celestius the Pelagian in a council held in 412, and Pelagius himself in another council in 416. He anathematized their heresy before Saint Austin entered the lists against it. Saint Aurelius died in 423. He is highly extolled by Saint Fulgentius, and is mentioned in the African Calendar of the fifth age, on the 20th of July.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Aurelius, Bishop of Carthage, Confessor”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 July 2013. Web. 3 July 2020. <>