Saints of the Canon – Saint 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 CommonsSaint Linus, the immediate successor of Saint Peter, was Pope for twelve years. He was an Italian convert of Saint Peter, born in Volterra, an ancient city of Tuscany, and was consecrated an auxiliary bishop to Saint Peter. Under the Emperor Claudius all Jews were banished from Rome in 49 A.D. Saint Linus, who was an Italian and therefore not included in the banishment, ruled the See of Rome until Saint Peter returned. Saint Paul mentions him in 2 Timothy 4:21.

After Saint Peter’s martyrdom in 67, Saint Linus was beheaded by Saturninus the Consul about the year 78. He was buried on the Vatican hill close to the grave of Saint Peter.

– from The Saints of the Canon, by Monsignor John T. McMahon, M.A., Ph.D; Australian Catholic Truth Society, 1958