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Saint Cornelius (Pope) and
Saint Cyprian (Bishop)


September 16

Cornelius, a Roman, was Pope under the emperors Gallus and Volusianus. He strongly resisted the heresy of Novatian, wrote many things with great charity concerning those who had fallen away; and we possess eight letters addressed to him by St. Cyprian. In exile at Civita Vecchia, worn out with hardships, he died a martyr. 

Cyprian, an African, was first a famous teacher of rhetoric; then, at the persuasion of the priest Cecilius, from whom he took his surname, he became a Christian and gave all his substance away to the poor.

After a short time, he was made priest and then appointed bishop of Carthage. He also wrote much against the schism of Novatian and tried in every way to repair the injuries suffered by the Church. It would be needless to give an account of his wisdom, for his works outshine the sun. He suffered in the eighth persecution under the emperors Valerian and Gallienus.

Taken from The Hours of the Divine Office in English and Latin, Vol. III: August to Advent (Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 1963), pp. 1559-1560.

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