Saints of the Day – Hyginus, Pope, Martyr

detail of a statue of Pope Saint Hyginus; date unknown, artist unknown; portico of Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Rome, Italy; photographed in May 2006 by Bocachete; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Died c.142. Little is known of Saint Hyginus or his pontificate beyond that he was a Greek and was probably pope 138 to 142, succeeding Pope Saint Telesphorus. It is known that two Gnostics – Valentinus and Cerdo – were in Rome during his pontificate, but what action he took, if any, is unknown (Benedictines, Delaney).

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 September 2021. Web. 5 December 2021. <>