CORNELIUS (Saint) Pope, Martyr (September 14) (3rd century) A Roman, the successor in Saint 70 Peter’s Chair of Saint Fabian, during the Decian persecution (A.D. 250), in which his predecessor perished. Saint Cornelius upheld the Roman tradition of benignity in dealing with “fallen Christians”; and this even against the great authority of Saint Cyprian of Carthage, part of his correspondence with whom is still extant. He overcame the Rigorist Anti-Pope Novatian, but was banished by the Imperial authorities to Civita Vecchia (Centumcellae), where he eventually suffered martyrdom. His body, brought back to Rome, was interred in the Catacombs in the family crypt of the Cornelii (A.D. 255).
- Monks of Ramsgate. “Cornelius”. , 1921. Saints.SQPN.com. 5 February 2013. Web. 29 August 2014. <>