Pothinus, bp. of Lyons, martyr
Pothinus (Photinus, Greg. Tur. Fotinus), martyr, first
bp. of Lyons in the 2nd cent. Who consecrated him, and in what year, is unknown,
though a desire to find an apostolic foundation has suggested to different writers
the names of SS. Peter, John, and Polycarp His name suggests that he was a Greek.
Of his episcopate we have no record beyond the account of his martyrdom by pagans,
with 47 others, contained in the letter of the Christians of Lyons and Vienne
to the churches of Asia and Phrygia, which Eusebius preserves. Oppressed with
infirmities and more than go years old, he was dragged by soldiers before the
tribunal, where he comported himself with dignity. To the question of the president
what the Christians' God might be, he replied, "If thou wert worthy, thou shouldst
know." The blows and ill-usage of the crowd as he was carried back to prison
caused his death two days later. His successor was St. Irenaeus. Eus. H.
E. v. x; Greg. Tur. Hist. Franc. i. 27; Mirac. lib. i.;
de Glor. Mart. 49, 50 sqq.; Gall. Christ. iv. 4.