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Pope Saint Sixtus II

Martyred with Four Deacons in the Catacomb of Saint Callistus

<font size="5"><strong>St. Sixtus</strong> A Greek pope, Sixtus II led the Church during Emperor Valerian's rule, a difficult time for Christians. Martyred with St. Lawrence and six other deacons. Ruled from 257-258.</font>

Pope and Martyr (d. 258)

His life

+ Sixtus was ordained bishop of Rome in 257.

+ During his brief pontificate, he successfully reconciled the Church of Rome with those of North Africa and Asia Minor, previously divided by schismatic and heretical teachings.

+ In 258, Pope Sixtus was martyred while celebrating the Eucharist in the Catacomb of San Callisto outside of Rome.

+ Murdered with him, were the deacons who had been assisting him: Saints Agapitus, Felicissimus, Januarius, and Vincent.

+ All were honored as martyrs and saints immediately after their deaths and the name of Pope Sixtus II is included in the Roman Canon.

For prayer and reflection

The martyrs fixed their eyes on heaven, and cried out in their torments: Come, Lord, be with us in this hour.”—from Morning Prayer for the Common of Several Martyrs in the Liturgy of the Hours


By the power of the Holy Spirit,
we pray, almighty God,
make us docile in believing the faith
and courageous in confessing it,
just as you granted Saint Sixtus and his companions
that they might lay down their lives
for the sake of your word and in witness to Jesus.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Roman Missal)

Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.

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