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


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.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Telesphorus, Pope and Martyr”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 January 2013. Web. 5 August 2021. <>