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African Saints, martyrs and popes

According to Italian website “Il Sismografo,” which covers religious news, there have been three African popes: Victor I, Melquiades I and Gelasius I. Victor I was actually the 14th pope. He was the first pope to write in Latin, but in the II century he became a martyr. The second African pope, Melquiades I, also became a martyr in the IV century. He was also a witness of Emperor Constantine?s rise to power in Rome. ; Gelasius I was the third African pope. He made it a point to separate Church and state, which marked a key transition in Western culture. Unlike the two other African popes, he wasn?t a martyr. He died because of an illness. AO/KLH RRGDP-PR