Pope Callixtus I

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Saint Callixtus I
Papacy began217
Papacy ended222
PredecessorZephyrinus
SuccessorUrban I
Personal details
Birth nameCallixtus or Callistus
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Died222
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Sainthood
Feast day14 October
PatronageCemetery workers[1]
Other Popes named Callixtus

Pope Saint Callixtus I or Callistus I (217-222 C.E.) was the sixteenth Pope, the official title is the Bishop of Rome of the Catholic Church, during the reigns of the Roman Emperors Elagabalus and Alexander Severus. He is considered a saint of the Roman Catholic Church.

He was a slave of a Christian who had educated him. He went into business but the business failed. After some trouble, he was sent to the mines in Sardinia but was freed due to the efforts of Pope Victor I. Callistus went to work for Pope Zephrynus and became a great influence upon him.[2]

He was a very unpopular pope to the theologians of the day.[3]

His tomb was discovered in 1960 in the cemetary of Calepodius and can be seen even today. His feast day is celebrated on October 14.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Jones, Tery M. "Pope Saint Callistus I". Saints.SQPN.com. Star Quest Publication Network. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
  2. Richard P. McBrien, Lives of the Popes: The Pontiffs from St. Peter to John Paul II, (San Francisco:Harper San Francisco, 1997), pp. 43-44
  3. 3.0 3.1 Richard P. McBrien, Lives of the Popes: The Pontiffs from St. Peter to John Paul II, (San Francisco:Harper San Francisco, 1997), p. 44
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Zephyrinus
Bishop of Rome
Pope

217–222
Succeeded by
Urban I