Thursday, September 16, 2021
Saints Cornelius and Cyprian were 3rd century Christians. \St. Cornelius was a pope. At the time, many Christians were being martyred. Some renounced their faith and then later repented. A priest named Novatian said that these Christians should not be allowed back in the Church. Pope St. Cornelius successfully opposed Novatian’s position.
St. Cyprian was a bishop who also opposed Novatian’s views. He offered support and encouragement to Cornelius. He also encouraged him to grow in holiness.
Both of these men were martyred for their beliefs. Their feast day is September 16.