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POPE SAINT ELEUTHARIUS

Pope St. Eleutherius was a Greek, son of Habundius, born in Nicopolis, part of what is now Greece, some time after 100 AD. His name means "frank, honest, free-spirited". Whether that is his real name or a description of the man is unknown. Eleutherius was Bishop of Rome from about 175 to May 24, 189 AD. It is said that he was martyred ...

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WAS SIXTUS A POPE?

Although Sixtus is claimed to be a pope by the writings of St. Ireneus and Eusebius, there is not good historical accuracy for that claim. Although it is known that there were bishops in Asia Minor, such as James, in Jerusalem, and Polycarp, in Smyrna, there does not seem to be any indication of the men, listed as pope in the first century aft...

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POPE ALEXANDER I

Alexander is reckoned the fifth pope after St. Peter. As with many persons from the early period of the Church, little is known about Alexander. The most likely scenario is that he was a Roman, some say named after his father. Legend has it that he was born at Caput Tauri, (“head if the bull”) an area of Rome on Esquilline Hill, one of the seven...

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POPE SAINT EVARISTUS

Like the man/God he followed, Evaristus was a Jew, born in Bethlehem. His father, Juda, was of Greek origin, but lived in Bethlehem, only a few miles from the temple in Jerusalem, the goal of all good Jews. Evidently, Juda moved his family from the town, probably just before the Romans destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD. Little is known about Evari...

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CLETUS, THE THIRD POPE?

There are many transcription and memory mistakes made when a group of people are writing to one another in the middle of a war. The “war” was the intermittent persecution of Christians from Nero to Domitian to Marcus Aurelius and onward until the early 300s. The transcriptions were the chronological order of Roman bishops, who are now seen as po...

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POPES WHO APPEARED IN THE BIBLE

Of the two hundred and sixty-six popes in the Catholic history, three have been mentioned in the Bible: Peter, Linus and Clement. Peter, we all know, was there at the beginning. He was one of the inner three, along with James and John. He appears in all four Gospels and is prominent in the Acts of the Apostles. He wrote two epistles of his ow...

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THE POPE WHO WAS A BUSINESSMAN

St. Peter was born in Bethsaida, on the northern tip of the Sea of Galilee, an area now in Syria. At the time, it was run by Herod Philip, son of Herod the Great. On the far side of the Jordan River was Galilee, run by Herod Antipas. Peter was born Simon, his father was Jonah and his brother was Andrew. “Andrew” is a Greek name, with no variant ...

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