For almost 300 years, the office of the pope was almost certainly a death sentence. 28 of the first 31 consecutive popes were violently murdered.

Pope Soter (Saint) (166-175), died a martyr [4] Pope Eleuterus (Saint) (175-189), died a martyr [4] Pope Victor I (Saint) 189-199, died a martyr [4] Pope Calixtus I (Saint) (217-222), died a martyr [4] Pope Urban I (Saint) 222-230, died a martyr [4] Pope Fabian (Saint) Elected 236-1-10 and died a martyr 250-1-20 during persecution …

For almost 300 years, the office of the pope was almost certainly a death sentence. 28 of the first 31 consecutive popes were violently murdered. Read More »