|Christians who refused to offer a sacrifice for the Emperor and the Empire's well-being by a specified date risked torture and execution. A number of prominent Christians were killed in the process, including Pope Fabian himself in 250.|
Plague, at its height, took the lives of 5,000 daily in Rome. Decius sought out Christian scapegoats. The Christian church never forgot the reign of Decius whom they labelled as that "fierce tyrant."