Founder and bishop of Tours; b. probably at Rome; d. at Tours, 20 December,
301. He came to Gaul during the consulate of Decius and Gratus (250 or 251),
devoted half a century to the evangelization of the third Lyonnaise province
amid innumerable difficulties, which the pagans raise against him. But he
overcame all obstacles, and at his death the Church of Tours was securely
traditional school, relying on legends that have hitherto not
been traced back beyond the twelfth century, have claimed that St. Gatianus was
one of the seventy-two disciples of Christ, and was sent into Gaul during the
first century by St. Peter himself. This assertion, which has been refuted by
learned and devout writers, is untenable in the face of the testimony of Gregory
of Tours. To this bishop, who lived in the sixth century, we are indebted for
the only details we possess concerning his holy predecessor.
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