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Feastday: June 21
Death: 380

Bishop in Syria and a friend of Sts. Basil and Gregory Nazianzus. Made bishop of Samosata in 361, Eusebius was a ferocious foe of the Arian heretics. This stand brought him into conflict with Emperor Constantius II , who threatened to dismember him. He helped elect St. Basil the bishop of Caesarea, in Cappadocia in 372. In 374, Eusebius was exiled to Thrace by Emperor Valens but returned four years later to Samosata. While visiting a nearby area, Eusebius was slain by an Arian woman who threw a roof tile at his head.


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