Our Saint Cornelius Plaque depictsPope Saint Cornelius was Bishop of Rome 251-253 a.d. and martyr. Pope Saint Cornelius’s name is derived from cornus, the Latin word for “horn” or “battlehorn” (as depicted in the top right corner of this plaque). This plaque is a great gift for a a birthday, first communion, confirmation, and for St. Cornelius’s feast day on September 16th.
A Bronze Plaque Available in Two Sizes
Available in two sizes – small (p1k – 2 x 1.8 inches) and large (p20g – 7.9 x 6.3 inches) – this plaque hangs with ease on any wall in the office or at home. This solid bronze plaque was conceived and cast in Germany by a master goldsmith of world renown. A wonderful gift for that special “Cornelius” in your life!
Pope Saint Cornelius – The “Battlehorn” against Novatianism
During the Decian persecution of 250-251 A.D. many Christians refused to participate in pagan religious rituals and were consequently martyred, while others did so in order to save their own lives. Two schools of thought emerged from this in the Church. On one side, the rigorist camp – led by Novatian, a priest in Rome – believed that those who had stopped practicing their Christian faith during the persecution could not be accepted back into the Church, even if they repented of their apostasy. The only way for them to re-enter the Church would then be by re-baptism. The opposing camp, led by Saint Cornelius (then not yet pope) and Saint Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, did not believe that re-baptism was necessary. Rather, apostates would only need to show contrition and true repentance to be welcomed back into the Church. Cornelius, against his will, was elected the twenty-first pope in 251. He then conducted a determined and ultimately successful campaign against the heresy of Novatianism.