Election of Pope Lucius I During Christian Persecution

Election of Pope Lucius I During Christian Persecution

Pope Lucius I
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Lucius I is elected pope during the persecution of Christians under Emperor Trebonianus Gallus.

Pope Lucius I has to flee Rome almost immediately upon election; later, however, when Valerian replaces Gallus, Lucius I will be able to return.

A letter written to Lucius by Cyprian suggests that he was fairly tolerant towards lapsed Christians (the Christians who renounced their faith in some fashion during official persecutions).

Quite a few Christians, however, don't approve of showing this much tolerance and leniency, and this difference of opinion will lead to the rise of one of the earliest antipopes, Novatian. Towards him, Pope Lucius I will show no tolerance whatsoever.

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