New Catholic Dictionary – Pope Saint Marcellus I

detail of a the painting 'Gloria di San Marcello'; by Giovanni Battista Ciocchi, date unknown; sacristy ceiling fresco, San Marcello al Corso, Rome, Italy; photographed on 11 November 2005 by antmoose; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Reigned in 308 to 309. Born Rome; died in exile. After an interregnum of two years Marcellus became pope and undertook the ecclesiastical reorganization of Rome. He incurred the enmity of the Lapsi who wished to be pardoned without doing the penance prescribed for their apostasy. Serious conflicts ensued, and the tyrant Maxentius seized the pope and sent him into exile, where he died. Feast, Roman Calendar, 16 January.

MLA Citation

  • “Pope Saint Marcellus I”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 August 2018. Web. 13 December 2018. <>