ST. PAPOUL, OR PAPULUS, PRIEST, M.
HE is mentioned in the Acts of St. Saturninus, the
first bishop of Toulouse, whose colleague he was in preaching the
faith in the southern parts of France in the third century. The crown
of martyrdom was the recompence of his zeal, which he received about
the beginning of Dioclesian’s reign, in the Lauragais, (a small
territory in Languedoc,) nine leagues from Toulouse. A famous church
and abbey was built there, and much augmented by Charlemagne, which
was secularized and made an episcopal see by John XXII., in 1317,
being now a considerable town in Languedoc, called St. Papoul. The
saint’s relics are kept in a rich shrine in a cathedral of
Toulouse. See Bosquet. Histor. Eccl. Gallic.1. 3, c. 29. Tillem, t.
3, p. 302.