known as Thaschus ,Caecilius ,Cyprianus
Memorial 16 September
in Western Church, 31 August in Eastern Church, 26 September in the Anglican Church
Profile Born to wealthy pagan parents. Taught rhetoric
and literature. Adult convert in 246. Ordained in 247. Bishop of Carthage in 249.
During the persecution of Decius, beginning in 250, Cyprian lived in hiding, covertly
ministering to his flock; his enemies condemned him for being a coward and not
standing up for his faith. Writer second only in importance to Tertullian as a
Latin Father of the Church. Exiled during the persecutions of Valerian. Friend
of Saint Pontius. Involved in the great argument over whether apostates should
be readmitted to the Church; Cyprian believed they should, but under stringent
conditions. Supported Pope Saint Cornelius against the anti-pope Novatian. In
the persecutions of Valerian, he was exiled to Curubis in 257, then brought back
Carthage and martyred in 258.
His name is in the Communicantes
in the Canon of the Mass.
Born 190 in Carthage, North Africa
Died beheaded 14 September 258 in Carthage, North Africa
Algeria North Africa
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