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Anacletus (Bishop of Rome)
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Anacletus was the third bishop of Rome, second in line from Peter (Peter [Apostle]). From the earliest days, a doubling of his name occurs, and he is also known as Cletus. The confusion was persistent; until Vatican II the Roman liturgy celebrated two popes (Pope/Father), Anacletus on Jul 13 and Cletus on Apr 26. Today only the July date is kept, Apr 26 being shared with Marcellinus (pope). The concept of papacy at this early stage of the Ch…

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Hunt, Hannah, “Anacletus (Bishop of Rome)”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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