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  • Saint Irenaeus, Doctor of the Church[& Martyr]

    06/28/2002 3:02:03 PM PDT · by Lady In Blue · 25 replies · 128+ views
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    SAINT IRENAEUS DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH C. 203 Feast: June 28 The writings of Irenaeus give him an honored place among the Fathers of the Church for they laid the foundations of Christian theology and, by refuting the errors of the Gnostics,[1] kept the youthful Catholic faith from the danger of corruption by the subtle, pessimistic doctrines of these philosophers. Irenaeus was born, probably about the year 125, in one of the maritime provinces of Asia Minor, where the memory of the Apostles was still cherished and where Christians were already numerous. His education was exceptionally liberal, for, besides...