19. St. Anterus 235-236

Anterus

St. Anterus was elected Bishop of Rome on November 21st 235 and he passed away on January 3rd 236….sooooo he was Pope for a little over a month. In his very brief tenure he tried to compile records of all the Christian martyrs. Traditionally we think of a martyr as somehow who dies for their faith,and while that is true,the actual meaning is someone who has also given over their living life to their faith,so St. Anterus,while not murdered for his faith,gave his life over to Jesus and would be considered a martyr in the true sense of the word. He was the first Pope to be buried in the Papal crypts of the Catacombs of Callixtus(his predecessor’s body had not made it back to Rome yet),and his tomb was discovered in 1854. His feast day is celebrated on the day of his death,January 3rd.

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