Category Archives: Early Church

St. Irenaeus Heretic Fighter.

Today is the feast day of St. Irenaeus of Lyons the second century Bishop, Father and Doctor of the Church, and tireless defender of the faith.  He was a student of the great St. Polycarp who was a disciple of … Continue reading

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The First Baptists…

were Jewish. Oy Vey! Taylor Marshshall (H/T New Advent) writes:   Saint Justin Martyr explains in his Dialogue with Trypho that there was a first century Jewish sect known as the “Baptists.” Saint Epiphanius records that they were a strict subset … Continue reading

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Earliest Christian Book Found?

H/T First Thoughts. From the BBC: “A group of 70 or so “books”, each with between five and 15 lead leaves bound by lead rings, was apparently discovered in a remote arid valley in northern Jordan somewhere between 2005 and … Continue reading

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Saint of the Day: St. Cyril of Jerusalem

St. Cyril, who is a Doctor and Father of the Church, is one of my favorite saints. Cyril, bishop of Jerusalem, was banished from his see on three occasions. With St. Athanasius and others, he belongs to the great champions … Continue reading

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What Anti-Pope is also a Saint?

Who knew? Via Jimmy Akin.

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Saint of the Day:St. Polycarp; Bishop and Martyr

St. Polycarp was converted to Christianity by the Apostle John. St. Irenaeus never forgot the first time that he heard St. Polycarp speak of being a student of John.  Irenaeus was young but he noted everything that Polycarp said on … Continue reading

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What Church Manual Dates from the Time of the Apostles?

H/T Jimmy Akin. The Didache.

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