New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Cyril of Alexandria

detail of a statue of Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora do Sameiro, Braga, Portugal; date unknown, artist unknown; photographed on 5 May 2013 by Joseolgon; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Confessor, Doctor of the Church, Bishop of Alexandria, Egypt; born Alexandria, 376; died there, 444. A nephew of Theophilus, the patriarch, Cyril was brought up in an atmosphere of asceticism. In 412 he was elevated to the See of Alexandria. He incurred the enmity of Orestes, prefect of Egypt, by expelling the Jews and suppressing the Novatians. Cyril’s chief fame arises from his defense of Catholic teaching against Nestorius. He presided over the General Council at Ephesus, at which Nestorius was condemned. He left many exegetical treatises, and wrote a book against Julian the Apostate. Emblems: the Blessed Virgin holding in her arms the Child Jesus, and a pen. Relics at Alexandria. Feast, Roman Calendar, 9 February.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Cyril of Alexandria”. People of the Faith. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 October 2010. Web. 11 May 2021. <>