The second Pope ever

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’.


Pope Linus


The second Pope ever

The second Pope ever

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