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St Paulinus

St Paulinus of York.

Archbishop of York (c.AD 563-644)

Missionary and Bishop of York. A Roman monk, in 601 he was named by Pope St Gregory I the Great to accompany Sts. Justus and Mellitus on their mission to England to advance the cause of evangelization undertaken by St Augustine of Canterbury. Paulinus laboured for some twenty four years in Kent and, in 625 was ordained bishop of Kent.

He was also responsible for bringing Christianity to Northumbria, baptising the Pagan King Edwin of Northumbria on Easter Day 627, and then converting thousands of other Northumbrians.

 

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