Pope Anacletus

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Pope Anacletus, also sometimes referred to as Pope Cletus, was the third Pope of the Catholic Church, (the official title is Bishop of Rome). He served from 76-88 C.E.[1] He established a Christian community in Ruvo, Apulia, where he baptized Christian followers in secret.[2][3]

After the death of the second Pope, Linus, Anacletus returned to Rome. He divided the area into what would today be called parishes or small groups. He established a small chapel near the burial sites of Peter and Linus which is the site of today's Basilica of St. Peter.[2]

He was killed during the reign of the Emperor Domitian for being a Christian leader. He was also buried near Peter and Linus.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Richard P. McBrien, Lives of the Popes: The Pontiffs from St. Peter to John Paul II, (San Francisco:Harper San Francisco, 1997), p. 34
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Charles A. Coulombe, Vicars of Christ: A History of the Popes (NY:Citadel Press, 2003), pp. 20, 21
  3. Richard P. McBrien, Lives of the Popes: The Pontiffs from St. Peter to John Paul II, (San Francisco:Harper San Francisco, 1997), pp34-35