St. Pontian was Pope from 230-235. Hippolytus was a theologian who criticized several consecutive popes, including Pontian, for being too “soft” on sinners and heretics. His views were so extreme that he led a schismatic group of followers and was elected the first antipope. In the year 235, the Roman Emperor exiled both Pontian and Hippolytus to Sardinia, where they both died a martyr’s death. While in exile, Hippolytus was reconciled to Pontian, and their bodies were later returned to Rome together. Their feast day is August 13.
Questions for Reflection:
- How do you respond when someone attacks your religious beliefs?
- What does the story of Pontian and Hippolyuts’ reconciliation have to teach us today?