Sunday, May 31, 2020

Saint Pope Saint Hilary – Saint of the Day – February 28, February 29

St. Pope Saint Hilary Biography

Saint Pope Hilary Profile. Born: N/A in Italy, Europe. Worked in Italy. Died: 29 February 468 AD in Rome, Italy. Feast Day is celebrated on February 28, February 29.

Saint of the Day

St. Pope Saint Hilary Biography, Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death

Date of Birth N/A
Country of Birth Italy in Europe
Matrimony/Holy Orders Saints who were Popes
Profession Missionary
Place of Work Italy
Date of Death 29 February 468 AD
Place of Death Rome, Italy
Feast Day February 28, February 29
Beatification Beatified by N/A
Canonization Canonized by Pre-Congregation
Patron Saint of N/A


Hilary was a deacon and a trusted assistant to Pope Saint Leo the Great. He was sent to “Robber Synod” at Ephesus in 449 AD to report on the Monophysitism heresies of Eutyches which denied the humanity of Christ and claimed that He had only a divine nature, teaching condemned in 451 AD by the Council of Chalcedon.

Eutyches’ followers attacked the legate party and forced them to return to Rome. He later became an Arch-deacon in 455 AD. Hillary worked on an updated method of calculating the date of Easter and later Chosen 46th pope in 461 AD.

As a pope, Hilary confirmed the work of several general councils, rebuilt and remodelled many churches, fought Nestorianism and Arianism, and held several Councils at Rome. He is known for defending the rights of his bishops while exhorting them to curb their excesses and devote themselves more completely to God. Hilary helped define the Church‘s role in the empire, and affirmed the position of the pope and not the emperor, as the leader in spiritual matters.

He continued Leo I‘s vigorous policy strengthening the ecclesiastical government in Gaul and Spain. He started churches, convents, libraries, two public baths, and his synod of 465 AD is the earliest Roman synod whose records are extant.

St. Pope Saint Hilary
St. Pope Saint Hilary