Over the weekend as I was checking through my emails I read about a saint, a Roman layman who entered the city from his farm one day just as the clergy and people were getting ready to elect a new pope. According to a historian named Eusebius, a dove flew in and settled in on the head of this man. The clergy and laity saw this as a sign so they united their votes, and unanimously chose this Roman layman to be the next pope. This man’s name is St. Fabian. I found this account of how Fabian was elected pope very interesting and inspiring. It inspired me how the clergy and laity saw the dove as a sign from God, listened to Him, and showed their tremendous faithfulness in believing that God was telling them that Fabian was chosen to be the next pope. This really is fascinating to me.
I wasn’t able to find anymore on Fabian then what was in my email. Here is a little bit on his life:
He led the Church for 14 years and died a martyr’s death during the persecution of Decius in 250 A.D.. St. Cyprian wrote to his successor that Fabian was an “incomparable” man whose glory in death matched the holiness and purity of his life.
In the catacombs of St. Callistus, the stone that covered Fabian’s grave may still be seen, broken into four pieces, bearing the Greek words, “Fabian, bishop, martyr.”