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Julius was elected pope on February 6, 337 during a time of turmoil which involved the Arian controversy. When Athanasius was returned to the see of Alexandria, Eusebius opposed it and he and his followers elected George. The Arians elected Pistus. Julius convened a synod in Rome and neither group attended. Julius declared that Athanasius was the rightful bishop and reinstated him. Emperors Constans and Constantius declared that Julius’ actions were correct. Julius built several basilicas and churches in Rome. He was pope for a little over fifteen years. He died in Rome on April 12. He was famed for his sanctity.
FEAST DAY: April 12