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Stephen I, Pope (Saint)
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episcopate May 254 – 256/257 (Aug 2, 255, according to the Catalogus Liberianu s and the Depositio episcoporum [CPL 2028/2250]). He is venerated as a martyr; his tomb is in the Cripta dei Papi in the catacombs of San Callisto. All we know of Stephen comes from the statements of Firmilian of Caesarea and Cyprian of Carthage (Ep. 67–75) protesting against the position taken by the Roman bishop, who wanted to exclude rebaptizing returning schismatics and simply lay hands on them (Rebaptism controversy). The North African opposition to thi…

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Wischmeyer, Wolfgang, “Stephen I, Pope (Saint)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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