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Cornelius
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[German Version]

(bishop of Rome 251–253). In the persecution under Decius, Bishop Fabian was martyred in 250. One year later (251), a majority chose Cornelius bishop. In his community, 46 presbyters were active, caring for 1500 widows and needy persons. Novatian led a minority community. In contrast to Novatian, Cornelius espoused a community practice that permitted Christians who had fallen away in the persecution to return after appropriate penitence. Bishop Cyprian of Carthage supported Cornelius; Cyprian's anthology of letters contains two letters of Cornelius (Ep. 49 and …

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Haendler, Gert, “Cornelius”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_03237>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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