Liber Pontificalis – Linus

detail of a stained glass window showing Pope Saint Linus giving a nail from the cross of Saint Peter to Saint Clair of Rome; by Ch. Lorin of Chartres, 1905; Church of Saint-Clair, Réguiny, France; photographed on 1 November 2013 by XIIIfromTOKYO; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Linus, by nationality an Italian, from the province of Tuscany, son of Herculanus, occupied the see 11 years, 3 months and 12 days. He was bishop in the time of Nero from the consulship of Saturninus and Scipio (a.d. 56) until the year when Capito and Rufus were consuls (a.d. 67).

He was crowned with martyrdom.

He, by direction of the blessed Peter, decreed that a woman must veil her head to come into the church.

He held two ordinations, 15 bishops, 18 priests.

He also was buried near the body of the blessed Peter in the Vatican about September 24.

MLA Citation

  • Louise Ropes Loomis, PhD., translator. “Linus”. Liber Pontificalis, 1916. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 November 2015. Web. 22 April 2019. <>