st.Anencletus-Pope and martyr

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Feast Day : April 26



Name meaning: Blameless



Also known as: Anacletus, Cletus



Almost nothing is known for sure about Anencletus, even his name. Some early Church documents identify him with Anicletus and Cletus, whereas others suggest these were different people. He is thought to have succeeded St. Linus as bishop of Rome when Linus died around the year 79. He was thus the third pope. During his 12-year reign he divided Rome into 25 parishes and ordained an unknown number of priests. Anencletus was martyred by the Roman emperor Domitian around the year 91. He was buried near Linus at the foot of Vatican Hill, where his relics may be found today.

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