Irenaeus: A Saint for Then and Now

Oh, things were so confusing in the earliest days of Christianity!St. Irenaeus—the second-century bishop of Lyons, France, whose feastday we celebrate on June 28—had to explain and defend the Faith both from within the Church and from outside critics.As a young boy, Irenaeus was dedicated by his mother to the service of the Church; and he was placed in the care of Polycarp, a bishop and apologist who had learned the faith directly from St. John the Evangelist.  From Polycarp, he attained … [Read more...]