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Pope St. Sixtus II
Feast day: August 6
A Roman of Greek descent, Sixtus was elected to the papacy in 257. He
repaired the rift between the sees of Rome and Carthage that had
developed over the issue of baptism and rebaptism.
Like his predecessor Stephen, Sixtus believed that baptism is a
once-in-a-lifetime event, but unlike Stephen, Sixtus tolerated those who
The martyrdom of St. Sixtus was dramatic. Forbidden to hold services, he
and his deacons continued to worship in the chapel in the cemetery of
PrŠtextatus. One day in 258, as the pope preached, soldiers broke into
the chapel and beheaded Sixtus. Four of his eight attendants were also
beheaded. The authorities executed another three later that day.
He was buried, however, in the Cemetery of Calixtus. His feast is kept
on August 6, the anniversary day of his martyrdom.