Soter of Rome

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==Life==
 
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[[Bishop]] Soter was born in Fondi, Campania, Italy of Greek ancestry.<ref>[http://atheism.about.com/library/glossary/western/bldef_soter.htm  Soter]</ref>  Dionysius of Corinth praised him for his charity towards needy Christians to whom he gave support as exiles and those who had been condemned to the mines.<ref>''Martyrologium Romanum'' (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2001 ISBN 88-209-7210-7)</ref>  Bp. Soter is known for declaring that [[marriage]] was valid only as a [[sacrament]] blessed by a [[priest]]. He also formally inaugurated the celebration of [[Pascha]] as an annual festival in Rome.<ref>http://saints.sqpn.com/pope-saint-soter/</ref>
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[[Bishop]] Soter was born in Fondi, Campania, Italy of Greek ancestry.<ref>[http://atheism.about.com/library/glossary/western/bldef_soter.htm  Soter]</ref>  [[Dionysius of Corinth]] praised him for his charity towards needy Christians to whom he gave support as exiles and those who had been condemned to the mines.<ref>''Martyrologium Romanum'' (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2001 ISBN 88-209-7210-7)</ref>  Bp. Soter is known for declaring that [[marriage]] was valid only as a [[sacrament]] blessed by a [[priest]]. He also formally inaugurated the celebration of [[Pascha]] as an annual festival in Rome.[http://saints.sqpn.com/pope-saint-soter/]
  
 
While Bp. Soter has not been recognized as a [[martyr]], traditionally he has been considered one. He reposed in 174.
 
While Bp. Soter has not been recognized as a [[martyr]], traditionally he has been considered one. He reposed in 174.
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Our father among the saints Soter of Rome was the Bishop of Rome from 166 to 174. His name in Greek "σωτήρ" (sōtēr), meaning a "saviour" or "deliverer". His feast day is April 22.

Life

Bishop Soter was born in Fondi, Campania, Italy of Greek ancestry.[1] Dionysius of Corinth praised him for his charity towards needy Christians to whom he gave support as exiles and those who had been condemned to the mines.[2] Bp. Soter is known for declaring that marriage was valid only as a sacrament blessed by a priest. He also formally inaugurated the celebration of Pascha as an annual festival in Rome.[1]

While Bp. Soter has not been recognized as a martyr, traditionally he has been considered one. He reposed in 174.

References

  1. Soter
  2. Martyrologium Romanum (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2001 ISBN 88-209-7210-7)
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Soter of Rome
Preceded by:
Anicetus
Bishop of Rome
166-174
Succeeded by:
Eleutherius
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