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Friday, September 15, 2006
Pope St. Hyginus

I am continuing my series on the popes of the Holy Catholic Church.

Pope St. Hyginus was pope from c. 139 - 140 AD. He was born in Athens, Greece, and during his papacy, he determined the different prerogatives of the clergy and defined the grades of the ecclesiastical hierarchy. Hyginus also started the practice of including godparents at baptism to assist the newly born during his/her Christian life. He also decreed that all churches be consecrated. It is rumored that he became a martyr under the persecutions of Marcus Aurelius.

His feast day is January 11.


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