ST. EUSEBIUS, POPE, C.
HE succeeded St. Marcellus in the pontificate, and
strenuously maintained the discipline of the Church in the rigorous
observance of the penitential canons, with regard to penitent
sinners, especially those who had denied the faith in the
persecution. Many, offended hereat, having at their head a turbulent
man named Heraclius, gave him great disturbance on this account; but
the true pastor stood his ground with invincible patience. He was
banished into Sicily by the tyrant Maxentius, but was called thence
by God in a short time to eternal test, in 310. The Liberian Calendar
informs us that he sat only four months and sixteen days. See pope
Damasus’s epitaph or poem on this holy confessor.