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Saint Philip of Gortyna
Apologist and Bishop of Gortyna
Died 180
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church
Canonized pre-congregation
Feast 11 April

Saint Philip of Gortyna was Bishop of Gortyna on Crete.[1] Little is known about him except for his authorship of a now lost treatise against the Gnostics. An Early Christian Apologist, he wrote in the time of Marcus Aurelius against Marcion. He was mentioned with great praise by Dionysius of Corinth in one of his letters to the Christian Community in Gortyna.


  1. St. Philip of Gortyna Catholic Online


  • Eusebius, Hist. eccl., IV., xxiii. 5; Eng. transl., NPNF, 2 ser., i. 201
  • New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, Vol. IX: Petri - Reuchlin

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