Sts. Pontian and Hippolytus (Feast: August 13)
Pontian was elected pope in 230 and reigned until the year 235.
The schism of Hippolytus continued during his episcopate.
Towards the end of his pontificate there was a reconciliation between the schismatic party and its leader with the Roman pontiff.
After the condemnation of Origen at Alexandria, a synod was held by Pontian in Rome, which concurred in the decisions of the Alexandrian synod against Origen.
In 235 during the reign of Maximinus the Thracian a persecution directed chiefly against the heads of the Church began. One of its first victims was Pontian, who with Hippolytus was banished to the unhealthy island of Sardinia.
To make the election of a new pope possible, Pope Pontian resigned his holy office on September 28, 235. Consequently, Anteros was elected in his stead but reigned for less than two months.
Shortly before this or soon afterwards Hippolytus, who had been banished with Pontian, became reconciled to the Roman Church, and with this the schism he had caused came to an end.
How much longer Pontian endured the sufferings of exile and harsh treatment in the Sardinian mines is unknown.
According to old and no longer existing accounts, he died in consequence of the privations and inhuman treatment he had to bear.
Pope Fabian (236-50), successor to Pope Anteros, had the remains of Pontian and Hippolytus brought to Rome at a later date and Pontian was buried in the papal crypt of the Catacomb of Callixtus.
DAILY QUOTE for January 21, 2021
SAINT OF THE DAY
One night, the Blessed Virgin appeared to him and told him he must become a Christian.