Pope Anterus, the 19th Pope (Reign: November 21, 235 - January 3, 236), succeeded Pope Pontian, who had been deported from Rome along with the antipope Hippolytus to Sardinia. It is claimed he was martyred, because he ordered greater strictness in searching into the acts of the martyrs, exactly collected by the notaries appointed by Saint Clement but there is little evidence for this.
Saint Anterus, a Greek, said to have been born at Petilia, in Calabria, Graecia Magna, but, according to other authors, at Policastro. He was the son of Romulus, who is said to have been born in Sardinia. Anterus was elected pope on the 9th of September, A.D. 235. He governed the Church only one month. He created one bishop, for the city of Fondi.
Anterus was interred in the cemetery of Callixtus, on the Appian Way, whence his ashes were removed to the Church of Saint Sylvester, in the Campus Martius. They were discovered on the 17th of November, 1595, when Pope Clement VIII rebuilt that church, which had fallen into ruins.
Preceded by: Saint Pontian
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