Christianization



Apostle Paul very soon brings the Holly Words of Jesus Christ in Epirus. There are martyrs from Northern Epirus since the early centuries: St. Asteius, Bishop of Dyrhacchion (98 A.D.), St. Eleftherios, Bishop of Avlona (120 A.D.), St. Donatos, Bishop of Foiniki (250 A.D.), Deacon Isavros (3rd c. A.D.). The presence of Bishops in Ecumenical Synods (since 381 A.D.), proves how organized the Church was in that region. The large number of paleo-Christian baptisteries preserved (in Vouthroto, Foiniki, Achrida), reveal the development of the Christian Church in Epirus.



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