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Marcellus I
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[German Version]

(bishop of Rome May 27/Jun 26, 308 – Jan 16, 309). After a vacancy of several years caused by the persecutions, Marcellus succeeded Marcellinus. According to the Liber pontificalis he was of Roman origin. As bishop, Marcellus reorganized the Roman congregation, and made “25 titular churches in Rome in effect into parishes, because of the baptism and penance of many converts from the heathen, and because of martyrs to be buried” (LP 164). His moral severity, however, led to fierce controversies. Damasus I wrote on his grave: “This veritable steersman preached …

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Holze, Heinrich, “Marcellus I”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 June 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_13559>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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