Ss Hippolytus & Cassian, Martyrs

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Hippolytus was a priest and a learned man, the most important writer of the Church at Rome in the early third century. He strongly attacked the popes of the time and was set up as a rival Pope to St Callistus. Some time later, in Maximin’s persecution he was sent to labour in the quarries of Sardinia and there met and was reconciled with the then Pope, Pontian.

Cassian, or Saint Cassian of Imola, or Cassius was a Christian saint of the 4th century. He was the Bishop of Brescia. Little is known about his life, although the traditional accounts converge on some of the details of his martyrdom.

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