Pope Anterus

Infobox Pope
English name=Anterus

term_start=November 21, 235
term_end=January 3, 236
dead=dead|death_date=death date|236|1|3|mf=y
deathplace=Rome, Italy|
infobox popestyles
papal name=Pope Anterus
dipstyle=His Holiness
offstyle=Your Holiness
relstyle=Holy Father

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.

It is claimed he was martyred, [Marucchi, Orazio (2003). "Manual of Christian Archeology 1935". Kessinger Publishing. ISBN 0-7661-4247-7 p. 48.] but there is little evidence for this and it is more likely that he died in undramatic circumstances during the persecutions of Emperor Maximinus the Thracian. [Levillain, Philippe (2002). "The Papacy: An Encyclopedia". London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-92228-3; p. 557; p. 63.] He was buried in the papal crypt of the cemetery of St. Callixtus in Rome and later made a saint. [ws|"" in the 1913 "Catholic Encyclopedia"] Anterus, who was pope for only one month and ten days, is thought to have been of Greek origin, but the name could indicate that he was a freed slave. [Levillain, 2002, p. 63.]


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