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Anterus
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Papacy began November 21, 235
Papacy ended January 3, 236
Predecessor Pontian
Successor Fabian
Personal details
Birth name Anterus
Born ???
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Died January 3, 236
Rome, Roman Empire
Papal styles of
Pope Anterus

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Reference style His Holiness
Spoken style Your Holiness
Religious style Holy Father
Posthumous style Saint

Pope Saint Anterus was pope from November 21, 235 to January 3, 236, and succeeded Pope Pontian, who had been deported from Rome along with the antipope Hippolytus to Sardinia.

Anterus was the son of Romulus, born in Petilia Policastro.[1] He was pope for only one month and ten days,[2] and is thought to have been of Greek origin,[1] but the name could indicate that he was a freed slave.[2] He created one bishop for the city of Fondi.[1]

Martyrdom

Some scholars believe he was martyred,[1][3] because he ordered greater strictness in searching into the acts of the martyrs exactly collected by the notaries appointed by Saint Clement.[1][4] Other scholars doubt this and believe it is more likely that he died in undramatic circumstances during the persecutions of Emperor Maximinus the Thracian.[2]

Tomb

He was buried in the papal crypt of the Catacomb of Callixtus on the Appian Way[1] in Rome. The site of his sepulchre was discovered by De Rossi in 1854, with some broken remnants of the Greek epitaph engraved on the narrow oblong slab that closed his tomb[4] and only the Greek term for bishop readable.[3]

His ashes had been removed to the Church of Saint Sylvester in the Campus Martius[1] and were discovered on November 17, 1595 when Pope Clement VIII rebuilt that church.[1]

References

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Pontian
Bishop of Rome
Pope

235–236
Succeeded by
Fabian







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