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Cyprian, Bishop & Martyr in

The Centure Rome Almost Collapsed

 

Born in 200 AD  in Carthage, North Africa, Cyprian was the son of wealth pagan couple, Before his conversion, Cyprian was a leading member of a legal fraternity in Carthage, an orator, a "pleader in the courts", and a teacher of rhetoric. After a "dissipated youth", Cyprian was baptized at age thirty-five. After his baptism, he gave away his wealth to the poor of Carthage.

In 258, AD, Cyprian, a Bishop in the early Christian Church, was brought in by the Roman procouncil. Refusing to participate in the pagan rituals of Rome, Cyprian was found to be "an enemy to the gods and the religion of Rome; and the pious, most sacred and august Emperors." Cyprian was beheaded that same day 14 September 258.

 

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