Pope Saint Damasus I – Feast Day – December 11

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The Memorial of Pope Saint Damasus I

Pope Saint Damasus I is the Patron Saint of Archaeologists
Other popes named Damasus

Pope Saint Damasus I Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date, Matrimony/Holy Orders, Pope who became Saints

Pope Saint Damasus I brief life History

Date of Birth 305 AD
Country of Birth Italy in Europe
Profession Pope
Place of Work Rome, Italy
Date of Death 11 December 384
Place of Death Rome, Italy
Feast Day December 11
Beatification By Pre-Congregation
Canonization By Pre-Congregation
Patron Saint of Archaeologists
Other popes named Damasus

Pope Saint Damasus I Feast Day Short life History

Saint Damasus I was born at Rome at the beginning of the fourth century. He was archdeacon of the Roman Church in 355, when Pope Liberius was banished to Berda, and followed him into exile, but afterward returned to Rome.

On the death of Liberius our Saint was chosen to succeed him. Ursinus, a competitor for the high office, incited a revolt, but the holy Pope took only such action as was becoming to the common father of the faithful. Having freed the Church of this new schism, he turned his attention to the extirpation of Arianism in the West and of Apollinarianism in the East, and for this purpose he convened several councils.

He rebuilt the church of St. Laurence, which to this day is known as St. Laurence in Damaso; he made many valuable presents to this church, and settled upon it houses and lands in its vicinity.

He likewise drained all the springs of the Vatican, which ran over the bodies that were buried there, and decorated the sepulchres of a great number of martyrs in the cemeteries, and adorned them with epitaphs in verse. Having sat eighteen years and two months, he died on the 10th of December, in 384, being near fourscore years of age.

Today’s Pope Saint Damasus I Feast Day Quote:

St. Damasus sat in the Chair of St. Peter for eighteen years and two months. He was buried beside his mother and sister in a “funerary basilica somewhere between the Via Appia and Via Ardeatina”, the exact location of which is lost.


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