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Pacian

c.310-c.390. Bishop of Barcelona. He was praised for his learning, sanctity, and pastoral zeal in Jerome's De Viris Illustribus. Three authentic works of Pacian are known: De Baptismo, a sermon to catechumens; Contra Novatianos, three letters to Symphronian, who propagated Novatiansim, in which Pacian defended the Catholic doctrine of forgiveness (in the first letter appears the famous epigram, “My name is Christian; my surname is Catholic”); and Paraenesis ad Poenitentiam, an earnest plea for penitence.