was a Pope
in the year 309
. His pontificate lasted only from April 18
to August 17
, after which, in consequence of disturbances within the Church which led to acts of violence, he was banished by the tyrant Maxentius
, who had been the sole ruler of Rome
since April 308
, and had at first shown himself friendly to the Christians
difficulty arose, as in the case of his predecessor Pope Marcellus I
, out of his attitude toward the Lapsed, which represented the milder standpoint.
Eusebius died in exile in Sicily and was buried in the cemetery of Calixtus. Pope Damasus I placed an epitaph of eight hexameters over his tomb; the epithet "martyr" contained in them is not to be
taken in the strict sense.
His feast is on September 26.
Initial text from Schaff-Herzog Encyc of Religion