Cyril of Jerusalem, Saint


Cyril of Jerusalem, Saint

biographical name

(born c. 315, Jerusalem—died 386?, Jerusalem; feast day March 18) Early leader of the Christian church. He became bishop of Jerusalem c. 350. He was exiled three times by the Arians but was suspected by the strictly orthodox many years later, at the Council of Constantinople (381), for his association with moderate Arians. He anticipated the doctrine of transubstantiation in his writings and promoted Jerusalem as a pilgrimage centre. He was named a Doctor of the Church in 1883.

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