Saturday, January 09, 2010

Pope St. Anterus of Rome

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Pope St. Anterus of Rome, the 18th successor of St. Peter the Prince of the Apostles, reigned from November 21, 235 to January 3, 236.{1} He was a Greek{2} and the son of Romulus.{3} Nothing of his acts is known except that he might have liked to collect the acts of martyrs.{4} He was not a martyr himself (his name is not found in lists of martyrs),{5} but rather he died of natural causes.{6} St. Anterus, whose feast day is January 3, was the first pontiff to be interred in the bishops' crypt in the cemetery of St. Callistus in Rome.{7}

Pope St. Anterus of Rome, righteous shepherd, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Notes & References
{1} Shahan, Thomas. "Pope St. Anterus." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 1. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. 8 Dec. 2009 <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01553a.htm>.
{2} The Liber Pontificalis is trustworthy here because Anterus is a Greek name and the saintly pope's epitaph, discovered by Giovanni Battista de Rossi in 1854, has a Greek epitaph. Ibid.
{3} According to the Liber Pontificalis. Weltin, E. G. "Anterus, Pope, St." New Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 1. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2003. 501. 15 vols. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Gale. Fordham University Libraries. 19 Dec. 2009.
{4} Ibid.
{5} Ibid.
{6} The Liberian catalogue states that the holy pope "fell asleep." Ibid.
{7} Ibid.

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