Liber Pontificalis – Peter

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Peter the Apostle; 19th century by F X Zettler, Munich, Germany; parish church of Saint Alban, Gutenzell-Hürbel, Biberach, Germany; photographed in January 2015 by Andreas Praefcke; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Blessed Peter, the Antiochene, son of John, of the province of Galilee and the town of Bethsaida, brother of Andrew and chief of the apostles, first occupied the seat of the bishop in Anthiocia for 7 years. This Peter entered the city of Rome when Nero was Caesar and there occupied the seat of the bishop for 25 years, 1 month and 8 days.

He was bishop in the time of Tiberius Caesar and of Gaius and of Tiberius Claudius and of Nero.

He wrote two epistles which are called catholic, and the gospel of Mark, for Mark was his disciple and son by baptism; afterwards the whole source of the four gospels, which were confirmed by inquiring of him, that is Peter, and obtaining his testimony; although one gospel is couched in Greek, another in Hebrew, another in Latin, yet by his testimony were they all confirmed.

He ordained two bishops, Linus and Cletus, who in person fulfilled all the service of the priest in the city of Rome for the inhabitants and for strangers; then the blessed Peter gave himself to prayer and preaching, instructing the people.

He disputed many times with Simon Magus both before Nero, the emperor, and before the people, since by magic arts and trickery Simon was drawing away those whom the blessed Peter was gathering into the faith of Christ. And while they debated once at great length Simon was struck dead by the will of God.

He consecrated blessed Clement as bishop and committed to him the government of the see and all the church, saying: “As unto me was delivered by my Lord Jesus Christ the power to govern and to bind and loose, so also I commit it unto thee, that thou mayest ordain stewards over divers matters who will carry onward the work of the church and mayest thyself not become engrossed with the cares of the world but mayest strive to give thyself solely to prayer and preaching to the people.”

After he had thus disposed affairs he received the crown of martyrdom with Paul in the year 38 after the Lord’s passion.

He was buried also on the Via Aureha, in the shrine of Apollo, near the place where he was crucified, near the palace of Nero, in the Vatican, near the triumphal district, on June 29.

He held three ordinations, 7 deacons, 10 priests, 3 bishops, in the month of December.

MLA Citation

  • Louise Ropes Loomis, PhD., translator. “Peter”. Liber Pontificalis, 1916. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 November 2015. Web. 19 April 2019. <>