SAINT AURELIUS, ARCHBISHOP OF CARTHAGE, C.
HE was archdeacon of Carthage, when, in 388, he
was promoted to the archiepiscopal dignity of that see, to which was
annexed a jurisdiction little inferior to that of a patriarch over
all the metropolitans of the different provinces of Africa. He
cultivated a strict friendship with St. Austin, held several councils
against the Donatists, and was the first that condemned Celestius the
Pelagian in a council held in 412, and Pelagius himself in another
council in 416. He anathematized their heresy before St. Austin
entered the lists against it. St. Aurelius died in 423. He is highly
extolled by St. Fulgentius,1 and is mentioned in the African Calendar
of the fifth age on the 20th of July. See the Acts of the Councils of
Carthage, Baronius Baillet, &c.