Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Pope St. Anacletus the Martyr of Rome

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The second successor of the glorious martyr St. Peter, the Prince of Apostles, was the probably Greek{1} Pope St. Anacletus of Rome (more properly Anencletus),{2} a possible former slave{3} who reigned from 76 to 88.{4} We only know that St. Anacletus, whose feast day is April 26,{5} ordained several priests{6} and died a martyr.{7} His place of burial is unknown.{8}

O holy martyr and wonderful shepherd Pope St. Anacletus of Rome, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, that we may imitate you in virtue and join you in the Kingdom of Heaven. Amen. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Notes & References
{1} Based on his name. "Anacletus, St." The Oxford Dictionary of Popes. J. N. D. Kelly. with new material by Michael Walsh. Oxford University Press, 2006. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Fordham University. 11 January 2010 <http://www.oxfordreference.com/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t99.e3>.
{2} Weltin, E. G. "Anacletus (Cletus), St. Pope." New Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 1. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2003. 370. 15 vols. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Gale. Fordham University Libraries. 19 Dec. 2009.
{3} Ibid.
{4} Since St. Peter died in 64 rather than 67, the dates from Kelly, loc. cit are to be adjusted down by three years.
{5} Roman Martyrology for April 26.
{6} Campbell, Thomas. "Pope St. Anacletus." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 1. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. 8 Dec. 2009 <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01446a.htm>.
{7} Ibid.
{8} Weltin, loc. cit.

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