Pope Saint Cletus

bas relief statue of Pope Saint Cletus, date and artist unknown; Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome, ItalyAlso 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. 20 March 2016. Web. 27 October 2016. <>