Story of Pope Saint Linus, Second Pope in History

18th century Reliquary bust of St. Linus in the Augustiner Museum in Freiburg
18th century Reliquary bust of St. Linus in the Augustiner Museum in Freiburg

In this page, let’s tell the story of Pope Linus who in history was the second pope after Pope Peter’s the first Pope.

Pope Linus was Born in Voterrae, a town known as Volterra now in circa 10 AD to his father Herculanus whoese family lived in Tuscany.

Linus at the beginning was a closed friend with apostle Paul and both travelled to Rome together and was even with him at the time of his death.

Before he was made Pope and leader of the church, Linus was said according to History to have been picked by perter and Paul as the next leader of the church and thus took over after the Papacy of saint Peter.

History also claims that Linus was made Pope after the establishment that the Christian Church picked Rome as its headquarters and thus Linus to serve as its leader as he is a Roman.

Linus soon became the second leader of the Christian Church and we have record that shows that he ruled during the time of Nero who set fire to the city on his reign also although many historian says otherwise.

According to History, Linus became Pope on 67 – 76 and was made the Bishop of the Church of Rome, when he was responsible for overseeing a new and emerging church.

Linus as Pope is known for shaping the Catholic Church for future popes after, it’s Policy establishment by Peter and in the reign of Pope Linus, women were allowed to attend church services.

Women at the time would have to cover their heads and faces but still there were opposition to Linus Policy about woman going to Church but he continued on his policy of equality which led to him being made a martyr along with Peter.

We still have no evidence that he was a martyr or records that show how he died but in 1615, a tomb was discovered by workers at Saint Peter’s Basilica that had the letters LINVS engraved across the top of the tomb.

As we don’t know where he was buried or death, we assume that this found tomb is that of Pope Linus but in a biography of the pope, his official resting place was named as Vatican Hill and this book claims that he was buried closed to that of Pope Saint Peter the first Pope.

Pope Linus was made saint which the Church celebrates he’s feast day on September 23 and after he’s death and papacy in circa 76 his successor to the papal throne was Anacletus who was also known as Pope Cletus.

 

 

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