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Feastday: December 20

Death: 217


Little is known about St. Zephyrinus, who was pope of Rome from c. 198 or 199 until 217. The antipope who opposed him, Hippolytus, says he was a simple and avaricious man. He adds that Zephyrinus relied too much on his deacon, Callixtus, who was in charge of the church's cemetary. Zephyrinus battled the heresies of adoptionism, modalism, and monarchianism; the antipope also accuses him of being a modalist.


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