Pope Saint Cletus

illustration of Pope Saint Anacletus from The Lives and Times of the Popes by Chevalier Artaud de Montor, 1911Also known as

  • Anacletus
  • Anacletus I
  • Cleto



Convert, brought to the faith by Saint Peter the Apostle, who ordained him. Third pope. He ordained an undetermined number of priests during his reign, but almost nothing else is known about him. Martyred in the persecutions of Domitian. May have been the Cletus that Saint Augustine of Hippo wrote about. He is mentioned in the Canon of the Mass.


Papal Ascension


  • c.89
  • relics in Saint Linus Church, Vatican City


MLA Citation

  • “Pope Saint Cletus“. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 January 2016. Web. 6 February 2016. <>