WORLD'S SECOND POPE
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Who was the world's second Pope?
The second Pope, as determined by
the Roman Catholic Church, is Pope Linus. There are a few controversies
surrounding Pope Linus, including whether or not he can actually be considered
to be the second Pope. He is officially deemed to be the second Pope due to a
Biblical passage in 2 Timothy 4:21 which states, “The blessed apostles, then,
having founded and built up the Church, committed into the hands of Linus the
office of the episcopate. Of this Linus, Paul makes mention in the Epistles to
Timothy. To him succeeded Anacletus; and after him, in the third place from the
apostles, Clement was allotted the bishopric.” Although the passage clearly
states that he succeeded the Pope before him and preceded the Pope that came
after him, this passage is still often brought into question as being enough
evidence that Linus truly was the second Pope.
Saint Linus is named in the Liber Pontificalis,
which is the book of biographies of the different Popes, and this book states
that he ordered a decree that women would need to cover their heads while in
church. This book also declares that he died a martyr and is buried on Vatican
Hill, next to Peter. According to this book, his date of death was September 23
and still today on that day, his feast is celebrated. The fact that he’s buried
on Vatican Hill may be true however, there was once a false claim pertaining to
his burial place. This claim stemmed from the fact that Torrigio found a tomb in
St. Peter’s Basilica that was inscribed with the words “LINUS” however, it’s
believed that these letters were actually just a shorter form of a longer name.
There was also a letter on the martyrdom of Peter and Paul. This letter was once
thought to be because of Linus but it was found to date back to the 6th century,
which is too early for it to be that of Pope Linus’.
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