New Catholic Dictionary – Pope Saint Martin I

illustration of Pope Saint Martin I, artist unknown, date unknownDerivation

  • Latin: little Mars


Reigned from 649 to 655. Born in Todi, Italy; died at Cherson, in the Crimea. He opened his pontificate by summoning a council at the Lateran to condemn Monothelitism, at which the “Ecthesis” of Heraclius and the “Typus” of Emperor Constans II were rejected, and Paul of Constantinople, Cyrus, and Sergius were excommunicated. For this Constans II caused Martin to be taken to Constantinople (653). After being insulted, ill-treated, and cast into jail, he was exiled to Cherson where he died. Feast, Roman Calendar, 12 November.

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  • “Pope Saint Martin I”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 August 2018. Web. 13 June 2021. <>