On March 18, the Catholic Church remembers a Jerusalemite of the fourth century, Saint Cyril of Jerusalem.


Cyril was born in about 315AD and was consecrated Bishop of Jerusalem in 350. He is remembered as a man of peace and reconciliation. He lived during a time of quarrels and his theological positions after the Council of Nicaea (in 325) brought upon him years of exile from Jerusalem. He did have the privilege though to die in Jerusalem in 386 as bishop of the Holy City.

He is principally remembered for his "Catecheses", a series of 23 lectures on Christian faith and practice. These lectures radiate warmth and pastoral concern for the believers. Each lecture is based on verses from Scripture. His lectures also contain polemics (unacceptable today in the Church) against the Jews about faith.