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Quodvultdeus

(d. 439)


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Bishop of Carthage (d. 439).

His strange-sounding name means ‘What God wills’. He became bishop in the years after the death of Augustine of Hippo, when Genseric and his numerous Vandals who were Arians invaded north Africa from southern Spain and unleashed severe persecution, especially against the orthodox clergy. Quodvultdeus, like Augustine, exhorted them to perseverance in the care of their flocks, but many of these, unprotected, fled into the towns from the countryside. Once there, the bishop insisted, they were too keen on the circus and had forgotten the example of the martyrs Perpetua and Felicitas. The fall of the city in 439 with huge casualties he regarded as God's punishment. He was captured and banished with several of his clergy: they were put on board leaky ships without oars or sails which ended up at Naples. There Quodvultdeus died. Feast: 19 February.

M.G.H. Auctores Antiquissimi 3, part 1, p. 5: Bibl. SS., x. 1334–8; B.L.S., ii. 200.

Subjects: Christianity.


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