Sainted Celestine (Celestinus), Pope of Rome
Commemorated on April 8
(Celestinus), Pope of Rome (422-432), a zealous champion of Orthodoxy,
lived during the reign of the holy Emperor Theodosius the Younger (408‑450).
He received quite excellent an education, and he knew philosophy well, but most
of all he studied the Holy Scripture and pondered over theological questions.
The virtuous life of the saint and his authority as a theologian won him the
general esteem and love of the clergy and people. After the death of holy Pope
Saint Boniface (418-422), Saint Celestine was chosen to the cathedra-chair of
Bishop of Rome.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.