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Author photo. Saint Irenaeus (c. 130-202), bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul (now Lyons, France).

Saint Irenaeus (c. 130-202), bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul (now Lyons, France).

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Irenaeus (early 2nd century – c. AD 202), referred to by some as Saint Irenaeus, was Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, then a part of the Roman Empire (now Lyons, France). He was an early Church Father and apologist, and his writings were formative in the early development of Christian theology. He was a hearer of Polycarp, who in turn was traditionally a disciple of John the Evangelist.
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